RIT faculty-researcher creates 3D-printed platforms to produce bone, tissue replacements

New 3D printing techniques are providing a way for a Rochester Institute of Technology researcher to create platforms to help regenerate human tissue that allows the body heal itself more effectively.

This work could reduce the need for human organ donations in the future.
Iris Rivero, an engineering professor at RIT, has found that compatible combinations of polymers and biomaterials can be successfully used to fabricate “scaffolds,” 3D-printed structures that signal the body to begin its own tissue regrowth. This research moves a step closer to the possibility of “smart,” 3D-printed bone, skin and cartilage tissue replacement.


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