Imagine looking online, seeing a feature on someone’s face that you like (i.e. dimples), and having the ability to go to the doctor and “order” that facial feature for yourself. That is just one of the possibilities that await the future if the 3D bioprinting technology takes off in the next 10-15 years. Theoretically, bioprinting gives scientists the ability to recreate actual functioning organs by way or “printing” with a bioprinter in as little as four hours. The technology can be much more than a breakthrough in cosmetic enhancements– it could mean a cure to diseases like Alzheimer’s, the end of having to wait on a list for a donor, and even eliminate the need for casts. It’s exciting to see what the future holds when studies already show that inserting a bioprinted organ can cause neighboring cells to positively react and repair themselves (i.e. teeth, hip bones, etc).