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Breakthrough Molecular 3D Printer

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by user9876, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. user9876

    user9876 Senior Member

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    An interesting new technology that can print molecules including the potential to help with drug development or manufacture

    http://3dprint.com/50777/molecular-3d-printer/

     
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    I'm all for being positive about the future, but truthfully it's the present that's killing me.
    Thanks for the info.
     
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    LOL, good one.

    So how will the printer know how to make new compounds? Wouldn't it need to know some chemistry? Not to sound like a luddite, but could this lead to dangerous toxins being produced? Something that is not good for anything living?

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    Does that make it "cleaner" than other methods of manufacture? (less unwanted stuff in the compound?)
     
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    It's a printer. It doesn't know anything. You need to feed it a recipe.
     
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    Fascinating.
     
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    3d printing is starting to prove useful at a design and prototyping stage in product development. So the first hope with a molecule printer would be that it could speed up drug research by making it easier to produce a particular compound to be tested and to do so in a relatively pure way. It doesn't help in thinking what should be produced but it might change the process a bit in widening the possibilities from compounds that can be easily produced in a lab.

    A general longer term future for 3d printing is to move into manufacture. In general it has the ability to reshape parts of the manufacturing industry but that is probably a good few years away. In terms of medicine in the shorter term it could possibly change the cost structure which could help but given the patent system is tied to product and not manufacture method (which is what the old German system was based on) this may prove hard. Longer term it seems to add to the idea of personalised medicine - if we had a better understanding of genetics etc could we modify particular drugs to be suitable for a particular person. Or I have a vague memory of a project looking at (using quantum computing to) match markers on bacteria with a given compound that would bind to them. These ideas are of course many years away but I think it is interesting how pieces of technology can open up different paths.
     
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    I wondered about waste products as well, but they are only manufacturing organic molecules so perhaps all the waste products are common biodegradable compounds.

    No specific details are given about how the actual process works.

    They are investing in the next generation machine already.

    It does give one indication of how it might be used in the short term:

    "...the company already is working to improve upon an anti-fungal compound known as Amphotericin B, which is found in nature and used to treat patients with life-threatening fungal infections."
     
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