We have said in the past how brilliant those 3D printers are and just how versatile they can be, but being able to produce a bone like material that could be used to help with injuries. It not only bridges a gap, it also allows new bone to occur over it and eventually the printed bone dissolves away leaving only the natural bone in place.
According to Prof Susmita Bose who worked at the Washington State University and co-authored the report;
“You can use the bone-like ceramic powder as a feed material and it can make whatever you draw on the computer,” – “It is mostly [suitable for] low load bearing applications. However, what we are trying to develop is the controlled degradation… of these scaffolds where as the scaffold dissolves in the body the bone tissue grows over it.”