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Transplant jaw made by 3D printer claimed as first

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posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 03:05 AM
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Transplant jaw made by 3D printer claimed as first


A 3D printer-created lower jaw has been fitted to an 83-year-old woman's face in what doctors say is the first operation of its kind.

The transplant was carried out in June in the Netherlands, but is only now being publicised.

The implant was made out of titanium powder - heated and fused together by a laser, one layer at a time.

Technicians say the operation's success paves the way for the use of more 3D-printed patient-specific parts.

The surgery follows research carried out at the Biomedical Research Institute at Hasselt University in Belgium, and the implant was built by LayerWise - a specialised metal-parts manufacturer based in the same country.

Articulated joints

The patient involved had developed a chronic bone infection. Doctors believed reconstructive surgery would have been risky because of her age and so opted for the new technology.

The implant is a complex part - involving articulated joints, cavities to promote muscle attachment and grooves to direct the regrowth of nerves and veins.



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posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 03:05 AM
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I thought this was pretty cool.. Industry has had and used this technology for some time now, especially auto manufacturing. I never really gave it much thought for medical applications however someone has and it appears to be a success.

The complexity of the design is pretty impressive for it being printed in 2d layers.

pretty cool if you ask me, as well as optimistic.



posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 03:13 AM
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That's a very interesting article. Thanks for posting it.



posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 04:14 AM
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Ahh good use of the tech, this is great news!!

It's amazing how a novelty can become a useful tool in medicine, like this. Stuff the plastic bicycle, this is good to hear!!

S&F!



posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 04:17 AM
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The wonders of actual scientific advancement are amazing, I can't wait to see what's capable in 50 years.



posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 04:23 AM
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Brilliant stuff and so futuristic. I love when sci-fi becomes fact. I wonder what they'll apply it to in the future? Whole legs for amputees perhaps? Reminds me of the Japanese movie Gantz when people are moved from one place to another they're taken apart and built up again in layers.



posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 04:29 AM
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Nice to see this sort of tech being used for mankinds benefit for once although im sure it has some secret military uses



posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 04:45 AM
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Made of Titanium? I hope that the poor little old Lady doesn't plan on flying anywhere again. The TSA would probably tackle, taze and terrorize her when her jaw makes the metal detector alarm or scanner go off.

(Sweet old Lady as she tucks an empty strawberry candy wrapper in her purse) I just had a 3-D printed titanium jaw implanted sonny....
(TSA High School dropout) Impossible, you must be carrying one of them thar WMD's!!! Just admit it and submit now or else!!!
(Old lady beatdown fades to black as she lay in pool of her own blood and urine while being handcuffed, her new jaw now half exposed and bent ...)

Seriously, what a great medical advance! Hopefully many will benefit from this type of thing!
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posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 10:07 AM
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Wonder whether this technology could help the Young Man who had his face badly injured in the bombing - I think it was Syria.

Much Peace...



posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 10:08 AM
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nice catch

the file for printing it will be on TPB soon
[see Pirate Bay to Allow Real-Object Downloads. The Real Reason for ...
www.abovetopsecret.com... for details]

heart valves have also been created with 3d printers

this guy is a bit behind [he used a modified inkjet] but shows where this stuff is going



posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 04:28 PM
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It would be useful for bone replacement in any part of the body where bones can be replaced. It can't yet be used for muscle or skin.



posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 04:35 PM
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And yet, we still are on this low tech stuff...

What ever happened to Stem Cell Research?

I think that would be the best advancement instead if using metal as a replacement for skin cells and etc.

To me this is not a far advancement..



posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 04:47 PM
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On a similar note, wouldn't it be awesome if in 10 years, you could press CTRL + P and have a pizza in a few minutes?



posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 05:39 PM
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This stuff is pretty cool as well -

Stem cell powder allws man to regrow his finger tip - blood vessels / muscle / tissue - in 4 weeks.




Stem cell gun allowed a person who suffered severe 2nd degree burns all over his body to be treated and completely healed in a week +/-.

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