A team of Filipino researchers is using artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing technologies to create better solutions for bone tissue repair, a common problem faced by many people due to aging, infections, and accidents.
The project, led by Dr. Erwin P. Enriquez of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) and supported by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), aims to empower patients and doctors in choosing the best bone repair material that suits their medical and financial needs.
Unlike the existing methods, which are often costly and limited in availability, the project offers a more viable alternative by using 3D printing technology to produce bone scaffolds with adjustable shapes, which can enhance the performance of complex bone regeneration.
The team also collaborates with researchers from the Vellore Institute of Technology in India, who have expertise in additive manufacturing, AI-assisted design, and bio-nanotechnology using 3D printing technology.
In the second year of the project, the researchers developed a machine-learning model that can analyze the factors that affect the effectiveness of bioceramic precursor materials in printing. At the same time, they are exploring polymer-nano clay materials and 3D-printed frameworks, which can ensure the strength and compatibility of bone scaffolds with the human body.
“By integrating transformative technologies like AI and 3D printing, we are charting a course towards a future where innovative approaches become the cornerstone of medical advancements. This collaborative initiative, showcasing the dedication and expertise of our team, holds promise in providing accessible and affordable solutions for bone-related challenges,” said Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director.
Once successful, this initiative will provide surgeons with a diverse selection of composite materials, custom-tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient.