Singapore researchers use corals to 3D-print implants for bone grafts

Associate Professor Lu Wen Feng (right), director of the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS), with researcher and principal engineer Chang Soon Yee. They are holding 3D-printed objects made from coral powder. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
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SINGAPORE - Using sea coral materials to 3D-print implants for a bone graft could soon become a reality here.

Today, the surgical procedure uses transplanted bones to repair or regenerate diseased or damaged bones. This can be taken from one's own bones, or those from the dead, or by using bone substitutes made from materials like polymers.

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