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Transplant jaw made by 3D printer, a first

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A 3D printer-created lower jaw has been fitted to an 83-year-old woman's face in what doctors say is the first operation of its kind.

The transplant was carried out in June in the Netherlands, but is only now being publicised.

The implant was made out of titanium powder - heated and fused together by a laser, one layer at a time.

Technicians say the operation's success paves the way for the use of more 3D-printed patient-specific parts.

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Robbie333

I used to be one of the ones whom complained about too much technology is stagnating us but then this. The medical world of tech has given people new lives and I think it is wonderful. This is so amazing I cannot even express it. Wonderful.

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blueandi

I agree, we have to remember; it's how we use technology that is important. This has so much potential to enhance the lives of so many unfortunate people.

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xYlvax

Wonderful use of technology. :yes:

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and then

I've seen video of one of these...it is amazing.

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reggie2011

cool id love a titanium jaw then id never have to worrie down the pub :)

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