OsBot Human Bone Replicating 3D Printer
Advances in 3D printing technology have begun to have a transformative effect on the medical community. We’ve all read the stories of 3D printed hands and other prosthetic devices, but that is only scratching the surface of how 3D printing has changed the way doctors treat our medical problems.
MRI’s can easily be turned into 3D models now, allowing doctors to pre-plan difficult or dangerous surgeries using 3D printed replicas of the areas being targeted by surgeons. They can also 3D print surgical guides, making tricky procedures like bone setting or reconstructive surgery faster and more accurate. And metal 3D printed medical appliances tailored to a specific patient’s body are becoming more and more common. Researchers are even looking into the possibility of 3D printing human tissue and organs. And now, we may be on the cusp of actually replacing human bones with 3D printed replicas.
A group of students developing a 3D printer that is capable of replicating human bone structures has been awarded as the Cal State Long Beach Innovation Challenge winners. The LuxNova OsBot 3D printer was developed by a group of students who say that it can replicate the unique and complex structure of human bones, even down to the micro and nanostructures.
As winners of the Innovation Challenge, LuxNova President/CEO Trevor Wagner and Lead Engineer Miguel Vintimilla will receive seed funds of $10,000 to launch their startup. The award also includes office space, assistance with developing a marketing strategy and assistance with negotiating the tricky legal intricacies of launching this type of business.