With the rise of the utilization of 3D printing, we have gone from printing out figurines and animation projects for our own personal amusement to fabricating items to improve the quality of life of those with health afflictions I mentioned on the site before about a patient receiving a new jaw via a 3D printout and the first synthetic organ transplant with a 3D scan and stem cells, but this one is SOMETHING ELSE. A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that a man in the United States (his name being withheld) underwent a transplant procedure to have 75 percent of his skull replaced with a 3D-printed plastic prosthetic. That’s correct; THREE-FOURTHS of a MAN’S SKULL was REPLACED! **head explodes**
This is the first-known operation of its kind, as the transplant, carried out by Oxford Performance Materials, needed to receive approval to go forward with the procedure from the US Food and Drug Administration this past February. The company created the 3D-printed artificial skull based on a 3D scan of the patient’s head, and the polyetherketoneketone prosthetic (as seen in the above picture), have a series of holes that are meant to encourage new cell and bone growth. According to Oxford Performance Materials, approximately 500 people in the United States could benefit from this technology every month. Quite an advancement from creating your own action figure.