3D Printing Enables The Creation Of Personalized, Replacement Body Parts

3D Printing Enables The Creation Of Personalized, Replacement Body Parts
technology

Layerwise implants Titanium jaw in first ever jaw replacement surgery.

Wesley Robison
  • 16 february 2012

Belgian company LayerWise has successfully manufactured a Titanium jaw utilizing CAD design software and a 3D printer, making it the first patient-specific implant ever created. The replacement jaw was designed to match the patient’s exact facial structure and fabricated through a process that involved melting successive layers of titanium powder with a high-powered laser. An 83-year old woman was the recipient of the artificial bone, which allowed her to speak normally only hours after the procedure.

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