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Speaking With: Mia Woodruff About Using 3D Printing to Replace Body Parts

By: , Posted on: May 30, 2017

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Mia Woodruff at the November 2016 launch of the Herston Biofabrication Institute, a collaboration between QUT and the Metro North Hospital and Health Service. AAP

3D printing is fundamentally changing the way we make many objects – from construction materials to toys and even food.

And being able to 3D-scan the environment, even our own bodies, means that tools and prosthetics that were once mass-produced can now be custom-made for the people they’re designed to help, at a low cost.

What if one of the most essential items in the hospital of the future is a 3D printer?

William Isdale speaks with Queensland University of Technology’s Mia Woodruff about the work she and her team are doing to explore the use of 3D-printed bio-gels and scaffolds in healing cartilage and bone injuries, and looking to a future where biological functions for those currently on organ donor lists might be fulfilled by bio-compatible machines created in a lab.

William Isdale, Research Assistant, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne and Mia Woodruff, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering , Queensland University of Technology. This was originally published in The Conversation under a Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives license. Read the original article here.


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