3 D-Printed Skull

You can watch a breakthrough, first time ever, successful transplant a 3D-Printed plastic skull to a 22-year-old Dutch woman operated by a team of surgeons, led by Dr. Bon Verweij, at the University Medical Center in Utrecht.

The 23 hours operation was a success. Skull replacements, previously, had to be made with a cement-like substance but using a 3D-printed plastic version allowed the team to create an implant that perfectly fit the patient. The skull, made by an Australian firm, is actually fairly transparent and the potential to further customizing these printings is huge.

According to ExtremeTech: 3D-printed materials have been used in a number of surgical and medical procedures, including an implant that replaced about 75 percent of a patient’s skull last year. But this is the first time the entire skull has been swapped out.

3 D-Printed Skull transplant

via smithsonianmag