3-D printer makes scaffolding for growing bones

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12 Responses to “3-D printer makes scaffolding for growing bones”

  1. gijoel says:

     I love living in the future.

  2. robdobbs says:

    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. 

  3. Brainspore says:

    Adamantium or nothing.

  4. Dallas Moore says:

    Here’s to regret free life, thanks to this miracle bone-itis cure.

  5. Mantissa128 says:

    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!

  6. Martin says:

    Those things are amazing, wow!

  7. thrind says:

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

  8. Rayya Ghul says:

    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

  9. NelC says:

    The recent BBC programme Frontline Medicine had a segment on 3D printing bones. See the relevant bit here from about 4:40 onwards.

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