3D printing is doing much to improve the quality of implant surgeries already, but even most 3D printed implants cause significant discomfort and will erode over time. But as a new study by McGill University professor Damiano Pasini revealed, that could be down to material conventions. Rather than relying on very solid materials, Pasini has developed a very porous 3D printed femoral stem implant that resembles the porousness of actual bone and ‘tricks’ the remaining host bone to continue doing its job. As a result, hip replacements will last much longer, and will even create fewer problems for the patients relying on them.
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