3-D printer makes scaffolding for growing bones

This project at Washington State University is incredibly nifty. Researchers use a 3-D printer to make a bone-like material that can temporarily do the job of bone, while serving as a scaffold for new bone to grow on. Over time, it dissolves safely.

Read more about it on the WSU website

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  1. It’s the “dissolves safely” part I wonder about. Still, helovalot easier that cutting chunks off your hip and packing them next to some bone and hoping they grow like you want. 

  2. It’s interesting how flexible raster-print technology has turned out to be. It seems to be a very good general principle, like the wheel, that became practical with the marriage of computers and fabrication equipment.

    Organ printing, house printing, scanning-tip nanoassembly, even the solar sinter – you can build anything with stepper motors and Cartesian coordinates!

  3. As a person with osteogenesis imperfecta, this is highly relevant to my interests of being a professional football player someday.

  4. I think she said that the ability to dissolve safely was the next stage of research but I might be wrong.  Still, a really interesting application of 3d printing

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