A man who was a candidate for a skull-replacement operation was recently fitted a 3D-printed replica skull that was scanned and patterned for accurate measurement. An astounding 75% of his skull was replaced and the prosthetic has special holes and textures for cells and bone to cling and grow into.
This breakthrough is a very important step for people who need reconstructive bone surgery. The company that made the prosthetics was Oxford Performance Materials and confirms that these 3D-printed prosthetics will also be useful in other body-part replacement operations.
Many people will surely see the benefits of this biotechnological breakthrough. Who would have thought that digital printing may actually be used to advance Medicine and Science? Furthermore, 3D printing is slowly gaining ground in many different industries and sometime soon, the cost of using such kind of technology will already be very affordable. When that time comes, many will already be able to pay for limb replacement or other body part-replacement procedures.