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3D printed ears could help children with ear deformities avoid complex surgery

3D printed ears could help children with ear deformities avoid complex surgery

Written by David

March 2, 2019

Children with ear deformities will soon be able to get printed ears made from their own stem cells, according to a team of Wollongong researchers working on new 3D bioprinting technology. They claim their work represents a “huge breakthrough” in the field. The bio-printer, called 3D Alek, was developed at the University of Wollongong and is now being trialled at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA). Its first task is to design and create 3D-printed human ears for those with existing deformities, particularly children with congenital defects like microtia, and would otherwise require complex surgery. Professor Gordon Wallace, the director of the ARC Centre for Excellence for Electromagnetics Science at the University of Wollongong, said developing the right bio-ink, combined with a suitable printer, presented a major breakthrough. “The demands of a bio-ink are huge,” Professor Wallace said. “They have to be able to provide printability, they have to […]

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