Bone Reconstruction in Landmine Victims is Possible with 3D Printing

By: Alyson Wyers - Jan 12, 2017
References: findabetterway.org.uk & springwise
This charity uses 3D printing technology for bone reconstruction in landmine victims. Based in the United Kingdom, philanthropic organization Find a Better Way teamed up with the University of Glasgow to grow bone replacements in a lab for reconstructive surgeries. Consisting of both lab-grown bone and 3D printed scaffolding, personalized bone and tissue can be reproduced in only 3 or 4 days.

Coated in stem cells and growth factor, the 3D printed bone scaffolds can be put into a body when it has grown adequately big. The scaffolding will eventually disintegrate and a new piece of bone will grow in its place. This allows surgeons to shape the bone reconstruction specifically to the patient's needs.