By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer
In an operation that's the first of its kind, doctors have created a new jaw using a 3D printer.
The patient, an 83 year old Dutch woman, required the surgery after suffering from a chronic bone infection. For the first time doctors were able to literally 'print' a jaw bone implant for the operation using a 3D printer. "Once we received the 3D digital design, the part was split up automatically into 2D layers and then we sent those cross sections to the printing machine," said engineer Ruben Wauthle. "It used a laser beam to melt successive thin layers of titanium powder together to build the part."
"The transplant was carried out in June in the Netherlands, but is only now being publicised."
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Source: BBC News
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