A man from Wales in the United Kingdom was in a motorcycle accident in 2012 and he has now received 3D printed implants on his face that successfully fixed injuries he sustained. The man broke his cheekbones, jaw, nose, and skull. CT scans were used to 3D print a symmetrical model of his skull, and then a printed titanium implant held the bones in place. The project was done by the Centre for Applied Reconstructive Technologies in Surgery.
Image: Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
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Interesting possibilities with joint replacement, especially knee and hip cartilege vs other surgery. Some of us need a "grease-fitting" like those on cars with ball-joint suspension, eh? Cortizone doesn't work. Favored leg length shrinks.
Dubious story to date.. While in the bio field, non of this stuff is printed bio-matter that has actually be used in humans up to this point.