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Living organs and synthetic bone implants, printed on demand

As a student at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Todd Goldstein is working on medical improvements made possible by 3-D printers

Researchers in New York are using 3-D printers to create the next breakthroughs in medicine

Todd Goldstein is only a 29-year-old Ph.D. candidate, but he is working on the front lines of medical research, using 3-D printers to produce bionic hands, implants made of synthetic bone, living organs and a range of other creations.

A student at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, he is working closely with Dr. Daniel Grande, director of orthopedic research at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research on Long Island. Goldstein picked up the coding he uses for 3-D printing online, and brims with ideas for how hospitals can capitalize on the promise of the technology.

“A little engineering can go a long way,” said Goldstein, who prints trachea made of living cells using a modified Replicator 2, a desktop 3-D printer made by Brooklyn-based MakerBot.


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