New Bones Can Be Produced Through 3D Printer

The field of Orthopedics has reached far beyond our expectations. Experts of the field has been constantly studying and discovering new ways to provide cure and rehabilitation to all sorts of bone problems. Just like any other parts of the body, our skeletal system plays a very important role. It serves as our most basic foundation and any ailment would really lead to serious problems.

Unfortunately, bones can’t grow far beyond its normal length nor regenerate whenever it gets broken. However, accidents are inevitable and a bone repair would always be necessary. Artificial bones are already out in the market and can readily be used for those who need it but still it remains artificial and can never replace what has been naturally there. It usually made of prosthesis attached in a metal piece and can never be hidden under your skin.

With constant research and study, Orthopedic scientists were able to discover a device that can initiate bone tissue growth. It is a 3D printer that can be used to create bone-like materials. The engineers of the team said that the substance can be added to a damaged natural bone where it acts as a scaffold for new cells to grow.

The team together with Prof Susmita Bose has been working on the project for nearly 4 years now and they’re proud to reveal the positive results they obtained from using immature fetal bone cells in the laboratory. It showed new bone cells started growing over the scaffold within the first week of it being attached.

To picture things out clearly, the researchers discovered a new way to double the strength of the main ceramic powder – calcium phosphate – by adding silica and zinc oxide. Then they customized a 3D printer to shape the needed scaffolds. The bone tissues will eventually growth over the scaffolds as the latter dissolves in the long run.

“The way I envision it is that 10 to 20 years down the line, physicians and surgeons should be able to use these bone scaffolds along with some bone growth factors, whether it is for jaw bone fixation or spinal fusion fixation,” Dr. Bose said.

Chris Bech, a local who just recently broke his long arm while fixing his roof developed a strong hope that he could have his long arm fixed like nothing happened. More and more orthopedic patients will benefit the discovery and who knows, aside from Chris Bech, poliomyelitis victims can have normal bones again.

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