By 2017 Russian scientists from Tomsk plan to catch up with the level of medical 3D printing foreign clinics. Now printers for three-dimensional printing is actively used to create bone implants. Also refers to the theoretical possibility of printing on these printers the liver, kidneys and other internal organs.
"Created the titanium-niobium low modulus alloy, which has excellent sesivumelo with the bone, the same physical properties as in bone. While implants will be printed on a laser 3D printer in the future will use electron beam and compare the results. Our team created printers are now completing development of software, doing best of technology, constructed a mathematical model", - said Vasily Fedotov, the head of scientific-educational organization "Modern industrial technologies" of the University of physics of high technologies of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomsk.
One important area in medicine is the individualization of care for each patient. Fedotov explains this phenomenon by a simple example: "Suppose a fracture of the clavicle. This is a small curved bone that joins with the many tendons. What currently happens when you fracture? The arm is fixed, and it is fused. Fused incorrectly and crooked. Our team proposes to create a curved plate (the implant), which will take into account all the anatomical features of the patient. In the end, his bone will heal without any distortion".
Today Tomsk scientists have their own 3D printer and special low-modulus alloys, developed for medical purposes. In the coming year it is planned to improve the formula of alloys, and a year – to begin to create the implants.