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A computer model of the fitted 3D-printed jaw is shown next to an image of the manufactured part

Discussion:  3D printing recently produced its first patient-specific human jaw.  The jaw was made out of titanium powder which was heated and fused together by a laser one layer at a time.  The implant involves articulated joints, cavities to promote muscle attachment and grooves to direct the regrowth of nerves and veins.

Source:  BBC News

Date:  February 6, 2012

Link:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16907104

Discussion Questions:

  • What are the main benefits of the patient-specific implants?
  • Is there a limit to what 3D printers can print?

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