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Doctors 'print' a new jaw for transplant

Posted on Tuesday, 7 February, 2012 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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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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Comment icon #1 Posted by Robbie333 on 6 February, 2012, 15:37
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.
Comment icon #2 Posted by blueandi on 7 February, 2012, 18:43
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.
Comment icon #3 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 8 February, 2012, 2:42
Wonderful use of technology.
Comment icon #4 Posted by and then on 8 February, 2012, 4:22
I've seen video of one of is amazing.
Comment icon #5 Posted by reggie2011 on 8 February, 2012, 4:44
cool id love a titanium jaw then id never have to worrie down the pub

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