Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:21 PM
eppur_se_muova (26,057 posts)
Cartilage made using hybrid 3D printer (BBC)
Researchers have developed a way to "print" cartilage that could help treat joint diseases and sporting injuries.
They say that the new material is more robust and hardwearing than previous efforts to create artificial cartilage.
A traditional ink-jet printer combined with a specialised spinning-machine is used to make it.
It could lead to bespoke cartilage created for individual patients. But one expert warned it was too early to be confident it would ever be used.
The study was published in the Institute of Physic's journal Biofabrication.
online article free for 30 days: http://iopscience.iop.org/1758-5090/5/1/015001
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