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By Leonie Mellor
Updated April 16, 2016 21:33:25

Associate Professor Mia Woodruff holding a 3D-printed ear Photo: Associate Professor Mia Woodruff defined the 3D-printed ear as a world initially. (ABC News: Leonie Mellor)
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Children born with ear deformities may soon obtain a prosthetic ear for less than the cost of a pair of glasses, thanks to new innovation being created in Brisbane.
The project is being created in two stages — the initially, a short-term solution to assist with the cosmetic issues.
The 3D-printed ear can be created in medical grade silicone and attached magnetically or with surgical glue in a matter of a few hours.
It may be publicly on the market inside two years.
The longer-term project may involve the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) spending three years developing a tissue engineering solution, creating a 3D ear containing cells of the same child that may be grown in a bioreactor and surgically implanted back into the child.
QUT has obtaind $120,000 in funding of the Queensland Government and charity Hear and Say for the programs.
Associate Professor Mia Woodruff, who heads the joint initiative, said the project was really amazing.
“Nobody’s at any time 3D-printed ear prosthetics preceding in the world,” she said.
“We can and so feed that information into a custom-built 3D printing device and we can print that ear on the spot,” she said.
“I ponder the skill to 3D-print an ear prosthetic can cost the public less than a pair of glasses.”
Chloe Mulligan and Leigh Van with their daughter Maia Photo: Chloe Mulligan and Leigh Van with their daughter, Maia. (ABC News: Leonie Mellor)

Hear and Say director Dimity Dornan said the charity may in addition provide implantable-bodied hearing innovation, so the child may hear, as well as appear like other children.
“Up until now, nobody’s been able-bodied to crack the cosmetic effect that is so significant to parents,” she said.
Parents Chloe Mulligan and Leigh Van said their two-year-old daughter Maia was oblivious to the fact her ear had not created properly.
But Ms Mulligan said they dreaded the day when she asked why she did not have an ear.
“It’s obviously going to be heartbreaking, but the fact we can in fact say no it is actually okay, you can have an ear,” she said.
Previously, an expensive trip to the US for a prosthetic ear was the only other version.
“We discovered this out of four to five weeks ago and I only mayn’t believe it,” Ms Mulligan said.
“I idea it was light years away in terms of this innovation and we only had a couple of versions, that were really poor versions in our opinion. So obviously [we are] ecstatic.”
Announcing part of the funding now a days, Queensland Innovation and Science Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Government wanted to see excellent ideas turned into commercial reality.
“This particular research opens the door to amazing research in the medical field right across the world,” she said.
Topics:university-and-further-education, research, hearing, children, brisbane-4000
First posted April 16, 2016 17:20:59

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