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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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Researchers Look to 3D Printing Technology for Implants

Washington State University researchers are working to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements so that they last longer and allow patients to quickly get back on their feet after surgery. Led by Susmita Bose, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the researchers have received a five-year, $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant to improve the way bone implants integrate into the body. With the new grant, researchers aim to improve the bone-like material that is used as a coating, so the titanium-based implants will attach better to surrounding tissue, act more naturally within the body and last longer. Full story.

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