Man Recieves First Ever 3D-Printed Skull Replacement

by Reads (999)

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.

\"3DOxford 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.

3D printing has made impressive progress recently, showing it could be a major breakthrough in medical technology; and on the consumer side, Staples has announced it will offer 3D printing services.



All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community.