Cartilage we can already bioprint with discrete success, as the many images of bioprinted ears circulating around the web clearly seem to demonstrate. But how can we make those ears actually function? For that, we need much more advanced biofabrication processes. What scientists need to do is to find a way to accurately and efficiently 3D print the scaffolds that enable the creation of “end-use”, implantable, complex cartilage implants. When thinking about cartilaginous parts in our body, very few present more challenges in terms of shape and functionality as the timpanic membrane (aka the eardrum).
When you look at a bicycle, says MIT’s José Gómez-Márquez, you immediately understand how it works. Whether it costs £10 or £10,000, the underlying mechanisms are easily understood, and such a design allows it to be […]
(Private Healthcare UK) – In the UK, there are in excess of 160,000 hip and knee replacement operations performed every year and that number is just set to rise with an ever-growing ageing population experiencing joint wear and tear. […]
Whenever I cover a story about 3D printed medical models that assist surgeons and help communication with patients, I have the feeling no one can argue with this obvious and critical use of the technology. […]