3D Printed Jaw

Believe me, even when you’re 83 years old, you can still have a solid jaw as that of your granddaughter’s. Quite impressively, doctors from the University of Hasselt, Belgium have managed to have an 83-year-old woman’s entire lower jaw replaced with a 3D printed replica, which turns out easy to use while resulting no problems now. Compared with common methods to replace a lower jaw, the 3D printed jaw requires fewer materials and costs less time, usually taking merely several hours to produce a jaw. To make it compatible with bodily tissue, the jaw is coated with ceramic too. Besides, it weighs 3.7oz, just 1oz heavier than a real lower jaw, and hence the users won’t feel uncomfortable or painful when using it.

Source: inewidea.comAdded: 15 February 2012