Without costing zillions

I wonder if I might someday get a chance to try this out:

A new cartilage-like hydrogel material could make the job of repairing knees much easier, say scientists, as it’s 3D printable and can be made as an exact fit for each individual knee.

The new research focuses on the two crucial shock absorbers inside the knee, known as the menisci, and replacing these parts of our bodies needs both the right material properties and the right shape.

That’s a challenge the scientists from Duke University have taken up, showing that a suitable hydrogel meniscus can be produced by a 3D printer costing US$300 in just a day.

If that feat can be replicated on a larger scale, we’re looking at simple and inexpensive knee repairs for what are usually complex and problematic injuries.

I wish. For the curious:

The research has been printed in ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering.

DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.7b00094


  1. fillyjonk »

    29 April 2017 · 11:39 am

    Faster, please. (My dad has serious knee issues also)

  2. McG »

    29 April 2017 · 12:05 pm

    “You know, after we’ve replaced enough parts it really becomes more cost-effective to just print you a whole new body.”

    “My insurance won’t cover it.”

    “You should ask them about perverse incentive coverage.”

  3. Holly H »

    1 May 2017 · 2:37 pm

    Whole new body works for me.

  4. nightfly »

    2 May 2017 · 10:44 am

    I wonder if this will happen in time for me to replace the hunk I’ve had lopped out of my left knee.

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