Inside the Futuristic Lab 3D Printing Human Organ Models & More

As chief engineer for advanced manufacturing at GE Healthcare, Jimmie Beacham is in charge of a futuristic laboratory in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His team of engineers is exploring 3D printing, augmented reality, robotics, and other technologies - and how they converge - and their work could lead to better medical imaging technologies and more productive factory workers. Beacham presents a 3D-printed model of a human liver based on an image acquired by a CT scanner. GE engineers are looking for ways to convert data from GE Healthcare's imaging machines into digital files that can be printed. The models could one day help doctors prepare better for surgery.