European Scientists Use Live Cells in 3D-Printed Implants to Reconstruct Bones and Faces

Researchers are developing ways to repair skull fractures – or reconstruct faces damaged in accidents – by using live cells in 3D-printed implants.

3D printing promises to change the way we think about production. Instead of factories making millions of shoes in a dozen sizes and shipping them around the world, local stores could make bespoke shoes just by scanning your feet.

Sometimes called additive manufacturing, 3D printing typically involves adding layer after layer of materials until the final product takes shape. The same principle holds true for medicine. Dentists can already print customised replacement teeth in their own mini-labs, while orthopaedic surgeons can order tailor-made titanium hip and knee implants. … (Read more)

Source: ScienceWorldReport.com

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