2nd Place - 3D Printed [Hyperelastic] Bone Material: Adam Jakus

This is a photograph of a human spine section, but these bones were 3D printed. This printed spine is smaller than in real life, but it is made almost entirely of the same mineral found in our bones (called hydroxyapatite). While we think of our bones as hard, here the same material is flexible and even elastic. This flexibility makes it easier and safer for surgeons to implant, and easier and faster for patients to heal. This new bone material -- called Hyperelastic Bone -- can help the body rapidly repair and regenerate damaged or missing bone.

Adam Jakus Department of Materials Science & Engineering 

Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanoTechnology

DSLR photograph of a 3D-printed sculpture

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