3D-printed bones? New 'hyperelastic' material could let doctors print implants on demand – ZDNet

October 1, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ 3D Printed Articles


The hyperelastic bone opens the possibility that hospitals may be able to use an inhouse 3D printer to build custom implants on demand.

Image: Science Translational Medicine/Northwestern University

Researchers have developed a synthetic ‘hyperelastic bone’ that can be customized using a 3D-printer and implanted in the body to mend damaged bones.

The flexible bone-grafting material not only supports broken bones but in tests on animals was found to promote bone growth around the structure, according to new research published in Science Translational Medicine.