ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Researchers at the University of New Mexico are working to create replacement tissue for humans using a 3-D printer.

The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand recently awarded the UNM Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation a $20,000 grant.

Researchers will use the money to develop bone-ligament adherence systems using 3-D printers.

They say the tissue would be specific to a patient’s anatomy, which could potentially improve hand and wrist surgery outcomes.