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3D printed titanium hips will last longer with less pain thanks to porous implants that mimick real

3D printing is doing much to improve the quality of implant surgeries already, but even most 3D printed implants cause significant discomfort and will erode over time. But as a new study by McGill University professor Damiano Pasini revealed, that could be down to material conventions. Rather than relying on very solid materials, Pasini has developed a very porous 3D printed femoral stem implant that resembles the porousness of actual bone and ‘tricks’ the remaining host bone to continue doing its job. As a result, hip replacements will last much longer, and will even create fewer problems for the patients relying on them.

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