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Pinoy researchers advance bone repair with AI and 3D Printing

Filipino researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing technologies to

enhance bone tissue repair, providing a more accessible and affordable solution for bone-

related challenges caused by aging, infections, and accidents.

Aiming to empower patients and doctors in selecting the optimal bone repair material based

on medical needs and affordability, this project offers a more viable alternative to existing

methods by providing enhanced performance for complex bone regeneration using 3D printing

technology to craft bone scaffolds with tunable shapes.

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), the team leverages

on an international collaboration with researchers from the Vellore Institute of Technology in

India, that specializes in additive manufacturing, AI-assisted design, and bio-nanotechnology

using 3D printing technology.

In its second year, the project has developed a machine-learning model to analyze factors

affecting the effectiveness of bioceramic precursor materials in printing. Simultaneously, the

team explores polymer-nano clay materials and 3D-printed frameworks, ensuring strength and

compatibility with the human body.

"By integrating transformative technologies like AI and 3D printing, we are charting a course

towards a future where healthcare is revolutionized, and 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.," stated Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director.

Recognizing the limitations of traditional transplantation, the researchers advocate for a shift

towards regeneration as a more promising solution for damaged tissues and organs. The

project, set to conclude in August 2024, focuses on refining additive manufacturing and

processing techniques, aiming to significantly reduce fabrication time compared to current


Once successful, this initiative may empower surgeons with a diverse selection of composite

materials, custom-tailored to meet the medical and financial needs of individual patients.

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