“Our goal is to heal the defect or fracture site rapidly, as if nothing ever happened,” said Dr. Varanasi. “We want to develop these methods and materials so that someday we can treat certain types of bone defects like they are dental fillings. Principally, these become out-patient procedures where the patient goes home to heal with the support of their loved ones and with reduced medical expenses owed to extended hospital stays.”
The efficacy of bone scaffold substitutes is limited by the rate of bone formation, scaffold-defect mismatch and scaffold displacement during implantation. However, additive in-situ 3D printing can overcome these limitations by printing scaffolds that conform to the dimensions of the defect site.
While this seems heavy, the premise is simple: 3D Printing can print skull parts on site, instantly, and save lives! Read the full article here