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?