Researchers introduce programmable materials to help heal broken bones

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed programmable materials designed to aid bone healing. Utilizing machine learning, optimization, and 3D printing, they created materials mimicking bone’s stress distribution and structure. These materials, attached to synthetic femur models, demonstrated improved stress management and potential for stimulating bone repair. The technique could be applied to various biological implants, enhancing orthopedic treatments and potentially reducing complications from traditional metal implants.

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