3D Printing Enables The Creation Of Personalized, Replacement Body Parts
Layerwise implants Titanium jaw in first ever jaw replacement surgery.
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.