Scientists can now print things out of cow cartilage

cowcartilageCow cartilage has been printed out by scientists in a move that could fix worn joints.

The special 3D printing technique could one day be used to print out special patches that will help people with worn joints.

To create the organic ink, researchers grew cells in thin tubes that were just three hundredths of an inch wide, made from algae.

They then took that cartilage out and pushed it through a special nozzle, which means that it can be printed out in rows in any pattern that’s needed.

Once the ‘ink’ had been left for about half an hour, it could be moved into a laboratory dish. There, the different stands attached and fused together.

Scientists hope to be able to print out such pieces of cartilage so that they can patch up worn out joints.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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