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Scientists Use 3D Printer To Create Replacement Bones

by Emily Price | December 1, 2011

Researchers at Washington State University have discovered how to make synthetic bones. Using a 3D printer the scientists spray a plastic binder over bone-like calcium phosphate powder in layers of 20 microns (about half the width of a human hair) and essentially print a new bone.

The bones are designed to be used “in orthopedic procedures, dental work and to deliver medicine for treating osteoporosis,” and act kind of like a scaffolding for new bone to grow around, ultimately dissolving.

Researchers hope the technology will be fully tested in a few years, making it possible for patients to custom-order replacement bones.

Check out the video above for a more detailed explanation. Pretty amazing all that can be done with a 3D printer. What do you think?

[via Washington State University]


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Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...


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