Researchers from Texas A&M University have combined 3D printing, biomaterial engineering and stem cell biology to create new, more efficient, customizable bone grafting materials.

Leveraging these three technologies, the scientists produced 3D printed highly osteogenic scaffolds that not only facilitate bone cell growth but also serve as a sturdy platform for bone regeneration in custom shapes. The novel biomaterial could represent an alternative to the use of metals and polymers in reconstructive surgery, with the skin graft able to seamlessly integrate into the patient’s skull after healing. 

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