3D printers are becoming more and more common in every day life and are even becoming available to the masses via Kickstarter. Now Researchers at Washington State University and engineers have been able to use a customised 3D printer to create a bone like material.
Which researchers are hoping will allow them to repair injuries in humans. The new material can be used as a support to help broken bones while they mend, and then dissolve away, leaving no side effects in the patient.
Professor Susmita Bose of the university’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering explains: “If a doctor has a CT scan of a defect, we can convert it to a CAD file and make the scaffold according to the defect,”
The researchers and engineers are hoping to develop the technology to the point where they can eventually build custom orders for replacement bone tissue.