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Written by DAVID DUPONT, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 24 February 2014 10:27
Ceramic ring produced by Greg Pugh using 3D printer developed at BGSU. (Photo provided)
HURON - Bowling Green State University is ready to cash in on a technological breakthrough developed in its School of Art.
Meeting Friday at the Firelands campus, the Board of Trustees gave the president's office the authority to commercialize two patents related to a 3D printer developed by John Balistreri who teaches ceramics at BGSU.
The printer has been in the works since 2009. Its initial uses were to create ceramic pieces, especially intricate abstract constructions by Greg Pugh, then a student who has been hired to work on the project. But Balistreri already saw far wider possible applications for the printer.
Balistreri has been on research leave in Omaha and has continued to work on the printer there. In fall he told the Sentinel-Tribune he was working with researchers at the University of Nebraska to replacement bone.
Using ash from cow bones, hydroxy apitite, the researchers will construct a material to replace thin bone structures such as those in the skull and face. Researchers envision a material that will take the place of bone and allow new bone to grow into the replacement.
That's just one of many uses Balistreri envisions.
The action taken by the trustees gives the president the authority to license use of the two patents. (Balistreri said in fall that there's another patent in the works.)
Provost Rodney Rogers said this gives the university more flexibility in ways to market the technology. "It gives the president the authority to work with a variety of organizations in ways we can commercialize this."
It's part of a push by universities, he said, to profit from "their intellectual property."
President Mary Ellen Mazey will be able to make agreements on these two patents without further approval from the trustees.
And while many would think technological developments would come from science and math, the 3D printer shows that "creativity drives intellectual property that leads to commercialization and value."
He said Balistreri was "inspiring" in the way he applied his creativity to the problems posed by the project.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 10:41

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