Science Friday: Bone-like Material Coming Soon to a 3D Printer Near You

Science Friday: Bone-like Material Coming To A 3D Printer Near You SoonWashington State University researchers are reporting that they have successfully used a 3D printer to create a bone-like structure that can be used in orthopedic procedures, dental care and to deliver medicine for treating osteoporosis.

Paired with actual bone, it acts as a scaffold for new bone to grow on and ultimately dissolves with no apparent ill effects.

The 3D printer works by having an inkjet spray a plastic binder over a bed of powder in layers of 20 microns, about half the width of a human hair. Following a computer’s directions, it creates a channeled cylinder the size of a pencil eraser according to the Washington State University article.

After just a week in a medium with immature human bone cells, the scaffold was supporting a network of new bone cells.

To hear more about this amazing process, watch the following video —

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