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