3D bioprinting of stem cell structures could combat osteoarthritis

The human knee is a complex and problematic joint. It’s fair to say that it hasn’t adapted well to our greatly expanded life expectancy and trend towards obesity; painful osteoarthritis is the number one cause of chronic disability. One promising stream involves the idea of using 3D printing technology to deposit stem cells directly into damaged areas of cartilage so it can grow back as healthy tissue.  Continue reading “3D bioprinting of stem cell structures could combat osteoarthritis”

How long until Staples adds a bone printer to its 3D services?

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Tokyo University’s RIKEN and Japanese medical research firm NEXT 21 K.K. have developed a 3D printer that uses ink from the bone substitute calcium phosphate. The researchers have requested regulatory approval for the printer that is designed to print bones exclusively. Continue reading “How long until Staples adds a bone printer to its 3D services?”