Researchers at the AMBER material science center at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland have created a process to support larger and more complex 3-D printing of bone material.
Instead of outright printing bone, the AMBER team's bioprinting involved depositing different biomaterials and adult stem cells to engineer cartilage templates matching the shape of a segment within the spine. A cartilage templates was able to mature over time into a fully functional bone organ with its own blood vessels.
|See Tim Lew of AxoGen discuss, "Advances in 3-D Printing Capabilities for Medical Device Development," at BIOMEDevice San Jose, December 7-8, 2016.|
[Image courtesy of AMBER material science center at Trinity College Dublin]