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New discovery in healing process of bones!

December 4, 2011

Today I stumbled across a very interesting article on ExtremeTech.com. This article I found, is talking about a very new and promising little bit of technology that a team from Washingtion State University discovered for healing bones. What they discovered was that it would be possible to print out new bone frames with a 3D printer.

In order to do this the team has modified a 3D printer that was provided by ProMetal to create bone bridges that could be implanted into a person and act as frame for new bones to grow on. The bridges are constructed out of fine ceramic powder that is coated on one layer at a time. They are also able to construct different implant styles for different people via a CAD program. Already, they have tested these in rats and rabbits, and have had promising results in the growth of bones. It is expected that human trials could start in as little as ten years.

This is very exciting news. If this was to work it would essentially eliminate the need for artificial replacements. Instead, doctors would be able to foster the growth of new bones. The best part of creating these bone bridges is that they actually dissolve after a period of time. So they will not be in your body for the rest of your life like artificial replacements are.

If you would like to take a look at this article you can click here.

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