By Maggie Koerth-Baker at 2:44 pm Fri, Dec 2, 2011
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
I love living in the future.
Yes, can’t wait to have my own replicant
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.
Adamantium or nothing.
Ya, but you have to have super good regenerative power first
That’s what all the stem cell mumbo jumbo is for.
Here’s to regret free life, thanks to this miracle bone-itis cure.
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!
Those things are amazing, wow!
As a person with osteogenesis imperfecta, this is highly relevant to my interests of being a professional football player someday.
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
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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