3D printing has been making medical headlines as of late, and now, an un-named man has received the first ever 3D-printed skull-replacement.
The man, who is said to be from the U.S., had 75 percent of the bone in his head replaced by a 3D-printed digital replica.
Oxford Performance Materials is the company behind the implant, which is made of a polyetherketoneketone structure. Tiny surface details are etched into the plate to encourage the growth of cells and bone. Previous to receiving the implant, the man had his skull scanned to create the digital replica.
The company believes that 500 people in the U.S. could benefit from the technology each month, as it can be used to mend everything from the skull to the bones in the arms and legs.