Wanna Know How to 3-D Print an Ear?

If you’re interested in learning how 3-D printing could change the face of medicine, here’s an informative video http://youtu.be/-RgI_bcETkM concentrating on the work of Lawrence Bonassar, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Cornell University(Ithaca, NY) To create body parts such as ears, he has developed a process that utilizes a 3-D printer and ‘ink’ composed of living cells. The end product, he affirms, resembles real human cartilage. “The implants that we are making are not rubber or plastic,” he says, “they are alive. They grow inside the body or out. And this has a whole host of advantages over conventional technology.”

To learn more, check out the video below. And while you’re at it, check out a story on how riboflavin is enabling the use of two-photon polymerization 3-D printing for fabricating implantable medical devices.

– Bob Michaels is senior technical editor at UBM Canon for http://www.qmed.com

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