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Make a bone implant – with a jet

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When surgeons want to treat a bone defect, they can use a scaffold – this is a porous implant where bone cells can grow to support healing. But the cells often do not like this artificial environment. As a result, they do not grow into new tissue. In our current interview at, Dr. Thomas Neubert explains how a plasma jet can turn a scaffold into a comfortable new home for cells.

Have a good start into the weekend,

Timo Roth
Editorial team


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Interview: 3D printer with plasma jet
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Coating against hospital germs in the emergency room


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Hospitals are gateways to viruses and bacteria. Emergency departments, in particular, are often affected by dangerous microbes. To reduce the germ load in hospitals, the NE-Offensive joint research project aims to develop antimicrobial coatings that offer permanent surface protection. They are designed to complement conventional hygiene practices and to keep dangerous germs at bay. The University Hospital Regensburg is now testing one of these types of coatings.
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Coating against hospital germs in the emergency room
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Bone Implants: 3D printer with plasma jet technology talks about...

Image: Polymer scaffold, which is treated from above with a plasma jet; Copyright: Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg
Using 3D printers to make body parts, especially bone structures, is not an entirely new approach. However, using plasma jet technology to simultaneously embed a special coating to the scaffold is certainly a new idea. The Fraunhofer IST just succeeded in implementing this process.
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Bone Implants: 3D printer with plasma jet technology
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