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RIT researcher creates 3D printed bio-polymer structure to help body heal itself

Written by David

March 8, 2019

3D printing are providing a way for an RIT researcher to create platforms to help regenerate human tissue that allows the body heal itself more effectively. Iris Rivero, an engineering professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, has found that compatible combinations of polymers and biomaterials can be successfully used to fabricate “scaffolds,” 3D printed structures that can be used to grow new and healthy tissue. This research moves a step closer to the possibility of “smart,” 3D-printed bone, skin and cartilage tissue replacement. Iris Rivero (left), professor of industrial and systems engineering, evaluates a 3D-printed bio-polymer structure for tissue engineering with engineering doctoral student, Srikanthan Ramesh. Image credit: Michelle Cometa “Sometimes organs in the body, due to the magnitude of damage or compromised immunology, are not able to repair themselves, and we have to come up with external alternatives to help them replace themselves,” said Rivero. “What we are […]

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