Autografts, allografts and joint replacements are the current methods used for repairing damaged bone and cartilage in joints. These methods are extensive procedures that cause a lot of pain as well as many post-operative limitations such as the inability to do certain physical activities. Using the technology of a 3D printer and stem cell culturing it is believed that we can print and grow healthy new bone and cartilage to repair damaged joints. Through the use of the AutoCAD software, we have designed a scaffold that meets the desired size restraints and successfully prints on a Solidoodle 3D printer. This scaffold will be printed and used for strength and stress testing, cell bondage testing, and tissue growth testing. Upon completion of these tests we will be able to determine if this method of bone and cartilage regeneration is a viable option for patients with degenerative joint conditions.
Jessica Bramhall, Virginia Tech