DEC 08, 2018 2:33 PM PST

Repairing Broken Bones With 3D-Printed Scaffolds

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

When bones suffer severe damage, doctors can use a reinforcement like a titanium implant or graft a portion of bone taken from elsewhere in the body to help support it. Both choices come with complications, however, and can lead to chronic pain.

As an alternative, scientists at a company called Osteopore are trying to develop a customizable scaffold that can be inserted into the body. The idea is to encourage the body to heal the breakage on its own by giving it a solid foundation for the repair. The scaffolds are generated with 3D printing, and have already been used to help people regain mobility after experiencing serious breaks. 

The company wants to continue to improve their bone scaffolding so it can be applied in more areas, like dental reconstruction. They also want to work on other projects in 3D bioprinting.

About the Author
  • Experienced research scientist and technical expert with authorships on 28 peer-reviewed publications, traveler to over 60 countries, published photographer and internationally-exhibited painter, volunteer trained in disaster-response, CPR and DV counseling.
You May Also Like
APR 06, 2020
Plants & Animals
APR 06, 2020
The Merciless Rare Giant Snail Devours Earthworms
Rare giant snails are quite literally both rare and giant. These creatures can grow to the size of a human fist, and onl ...
APR 08, 2020
Health & Medicine
APR 08, 2020
Researchers Examine Differences Between Hot & Cold Brewed Coffee
A cup of coffee is not a simple beverage these days. With a multitude of methods available, the cold brewing method has ...
APR 12, 2020
Space & Astronomy
APR 12, 2020
Three New Crew Members Arrive at the International Space Station
The International Space Station received three new crew members this past week following extensive pre-quarantine measur ...
APR 19, 2020
Space & Astronomy
APR 19, 2020
Expedition 62 Returns Home From the International Space Station
After spending several months onboard the International Space Station conducting science experiments and risky spacewalk ...
MAY 17, 2020
Plants & Animals
MAY 17, 2020
Male Garter Snakes Trick Others to Improve Own Mating Success
After spending several months in hibernation during the winter, male garter snakes emerge from the underground where the ...
MAY 28, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
MAY 28, 2020
Expandable Resin Solves the Size Problem of 3D Printing
One of the current limitations of using a 3D printer is the size of the product. For someone to print a large part, they ...
Loading Comments...