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First Transplant Jaw Created With A 3D Printer

3D Printed Jaw

The Netherlands has embraced 3D Printing advancements for some time. In 2012 doctors there claimed to have made the world’s first 3D Printed jaw to be used in transplant surgery. The jaw was fashioned out of Titanium. The recipient of the jaw was an 83 year old woman who was suffering from bone disease. The jaw is no simple part, though it took only hours to 3D Print it took much longer than that to design. The jaw accommodates pathways for jaw muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. The operation to transplant this 3D Printed jaw took only a fifth of the time of a traditional transplant surgery. The patients recovery time was also equally impressive as she was able to talk only after a day and go home in only four. You can read the full article here.

source | bbc.co.uk

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