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Source: 3D Printing Offers Solution For Joint Replacement ENGINEERING.com.
3D Printing Offers Solution For Joint Replacement
A new 3D printed knee implant could change the way we move in older age, helping people to achieve a longer, healthier life.
Throughout our lives the bending and contorting of our limbs wears down our body’s means of protecting sensitive joints. Nowhere is that more true than in our knees. Every time you bend down to pick something up your knee experiences tremendous pressure. Over time the cartilage and ligaments that protect and actuate your knee degrade, eventually leaving you in a position where moving your leg becomes painful.
To remedy this all too common occurrence, engineers at Massachusetts-based Conformis have designed the iFit, a customized knee implant that’s more natural and precise than older off-the-shelf models.
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