About a year and a half ago, scientists at Northwestern University made a major breakthrough. They developed a form of 3D printed hyperelastic bone that not only encourages bone regrowth within the body, but actually grows with it, which is especially crucial when placing implants in children. It will likely still be some time before we see this material actually being used in medical procedures on humans, but research is progressing well and will continue to progress, especially now that it is being made commercially available to researchers.
Dimension Inx was founded by Dr. Ramille Shah and Dr. Adam Jakus, the scientists who developed hyperelastic bone, to commercialize the material as well as others including graphene. The materials are sold in the form of “3D Paints” and include not only bone and graphene but metals, alloys, ceramics and more. Hyperelastic Bone 3D Paint is now available both from Dimension Inx and from bioprinter manufacturer Allevi (which prior to November 2017 operated as BioBots).
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