3D Printed Titanium Bone Substitutes

The project has the potential to significantly improve quality of life.

World-class technical developments have been implemented at the Biomechanical Laboratory of the University of Debrecen. High-tech devices, including a 3D printer to print metal bone substitutes, were displayed at the 25th birthday celebration event.

“The biomechanical research workshop of the university has an international reputation, showing great results. That’s why the laboratory will get a space with hundreds of square meters in the University Industrial Park Innovation Centre” – said Mr. Zoltán Bács, Chancellor of the University of Debrecen.

The laboratory is the flagship of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Debrecen, and is unique in Hungary.

It has a vital role in training graduates and postgraduate students, and the recent development enables students to use modern technologies to prepared for their future work.

Students benefit from modern equipment including a modern movement analyzer system, several new 3D printers, and a 3D scanner that can scan a standing person from head to toe in just a few seconds, and present reliable analysis.

The 3D printer puts Debrecen on the map

“With this tool, the University of Debrecen has turned into a high-tech Biomechanics Laboratory, and it is one of the only five providers in Europe that can produce custom-designed, 3D printable titanium bone substitutes” – said Mr .Zoltán Csernátony, the founder of the laboratory.

According to the director of the Orthopedic Clinic, this is a new direction of musculoskeletal surgery and is an innovation worldwide.

“The quality of life will be improved by bone-assembled prostheses, which is a revolutionary development compared to what we had 20-30 years ago. The implants can be used to restore malformations, post-accident conditions, and to replace excessive bone defect” – the professor said.