British Man’s Face Rebuilt With 3D Printed Parts

Another one of the many uses people are finding for 3D printing. It’s pretty awesome to be able to design something specific that just can’t be done with current methods, and print it layer by layer until you get your parts in the exact way you envisaged it.

Now, if only people will stop printing weapons and make it even easier to kill other human beings.

TIME

A British man has had pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using 3D printed parts.

Doctors at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, Wales, operated on Stephen Power, who survived a serious motorbike accident in 2012 with a partially shattered face. The surgical team used scans of Power’s skull to design custom printed models, guides and titanium implants to hold his bones in place.

The procedure, which took place in February, took months of planning and involved eight hours of surgery. It’s thought to be the first time 3D printing has been used at every stage of the procedure on a trauma patient, says the BBC.

“What this does it allows us to be much more precise. Everybody now is starting to think in this way—guesswork is not good enough,” said surgeon Adrian Sugar, noting that 3D printing removed the usual problem of guesswork in reconstructive surgery.

“It is totally life changing,”…

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