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.
SmartPlanet reported on the news: “The natural composition of calcium phosphate allows the artificial bones to fuse with a patient’s natural bones over time, and removes the need to use heat to force materials to fuse — reducing the risk of complications.”
Staples is going to offer 3D printing services in New York and Los Angeles. Maybe the researchers can break into the American market by partnering with Staples. You can read the original post in Japanese here. … (Read more)