Oct 4, 2016

Doctors Can Now 3D-Print Bones On Demand, Thanks to a New “Hyperelastic” Material

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In Brief.

  • New 3D printed bones are ‘hyperelastic,’ making them more malleable during procedures.
  • 3D printers in hospitals could provide the hyperelastic bone ink, so surgeons could make implants in 24 hours.


This best describes the new bone-mending technology developed at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois by Ramille Shah and her colleagues. They used ink made from a natural bone mineral called hydroxyapatite, mixed with PLGA, a mineral-binding polymer that makes the implants elastic.

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