Tuesday, February 07, 2012

World-First: Jawbone Created with 3D Printing

Discovery News -- "When surgeons in Belgium replaced the infected lower jawbone of an 83-year-old woman, they needed a fast replacement tailored to fit the patient's existing bone structure, nerves and muscles. That medical dilemma inspired a world-first achievement -- creating a customized jawbone from scratch with 3D printing technology.

3D printing has already helped many DIY innovators create everything from robots to household items on demand based upon digital designs. But the combination of precise designs and rapid manufacturing could have even greater potential for creating customized body parts for medical patients -- especially when transplanted bone structures and organs suffer from short supply."


10 Comments:

At 2/07/2012 2:22 PM, Blogger The New American Spirit said...

My first job out of college I used 3D printer for prototyping parts I was designing. One of the coolest things ever to design something and be able to hold in in you hands a few hours later. Save a lot of time and tooling cost in machining.

 
At 2/07/2012 2:36 PM, Blogger morganovich said...

that's really cool.

i had not thought of using them for a customized application like medical implants because of the FDA.

isn't this classed as a medical device?

how did they not need 510k for this?

 
At 2/07/2012 3:20 PM, Blogger Mark J. Perry said...

This took place in Belgium, not the U.S.

 
At 2/07/2012 4:08 PM, Blogger morganovich said...

thanks mark.

i'm a little fuzzy on how EU approval works.

it's a great deal less formal than the US, but i thought you still had directive 90/385/EEC and requirements around the CE mark. i know that in the EU you can self certify a device that does not need to be sterilized, but that cannot have been the case here.

it's possible this was called research.

now that i think about it, you could likely do the same in the US.

 
At 2/07/2012 4:40 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

parts for geezers. what a concept!

I understand they are now growing real ears and other organs also!

Synthetic Windpipe

 
At 2/08/2012 1:46 AM, Blogger Dr. Seabiscuit Hufflepuff said...

This will never catch on. It puts too many manufacturers out of business. At least that's what the President will say. *Facepalm*

 
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At 2/08/2012 1:45 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


This will never catch on. It puts too many manufacturers out of business.

It puts too many manufacturers in the Third World out of business, since it bypasses their manual labor.

 
At 2/08/2012 2:20 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"It puts too many manufacturers in the Third World out of business, since it bypasses their manual labor."

LOL

As usual, you have absolutely no clue.

 
At 2/08/2012 5:10 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"It puts too many manufacturers in the Third World out of business, since it bypasses their manual labor."

LOL

As usual, you have absolutely no clue.

 

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