Printed bones

The Open3DP team at the University of Washington has managed to accomplish something extraordinary recently: they’ve successfully printed artificial bones with the use of a 3D printer. The main challenge the team faced was coming up with the material to use for the bone. The experimented for about 5 weeks with different mixtures of bone powder before settling on one. After that, it was just about feeding it into the printer and getting it printed. They’ve even manage to discover a formula that can be used to create strong bones. There’s no telling if these bones will ever be used in modern medicine, but it’s good to know that in the future if you ever break a bone, there might be a chance that you won’t have to go through a long regrowth and healing process -just get a new bone printed instead!

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