The performance of an athlete gets hampered when his injuries come in the way. Thus, the scientists have come up with a solution. They are in the process of developing 3D-printed artificial tissues that may help heal injured bone and cartilage.
The researchers at the Rice University are working on replicating the physical characteristics of osteochondral tissue — hard bone beneath a compressible layer of cartilage that appears as the smooth surface on the ends of long bones.
Since the cartilage-into-bone structure is gradient as well as porous in nature, it becomes difficult for the scientists to produce them in the lab. Hence in order to overcome their shortcomings they have come up with 3D printing which would be effective in duplicating what they believe to be a material suitable for implantation.