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This year alone, doctors have printed tubes that stabilized a child's collapsed windpipe and they've installed the first ever 3D printed vertebra in a 12-year-old boy.
Now, in a surgery that was one of the first of its kind, doctors replaced part of a Chinese man's skull with 3D printed titanium mesh that was molded to perfectly restore the part of his skull that had been smashed in an accident.
In October of 2013 the man, a 46-year-old named Hu who lives in a town near Xi'an, was working on a construction project when he fell. He plunged three stories and smashed his head on a pile of wood. The fall caved in a significant portion of his skull, damaging his brain, causing vision loss, especially in his left eye, and depriving him of most of his ability to write and speak.
originally posted by: neoholographic
This is a good development and maybe there will be a day when things like 3-D printed skulls and other body parts will become more efficient than our natural body parts and people will look to get things like skulls, legs and arms replaced in order to be a more efficient human.
originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
I guarantee you within 50 years we'll have a liquid of nanobots that forms over the wound or replaces the missing part. Weird and wild times we live in.