LayerWise & Research Institute Biomed Create 3D-Printed Jaw for 83-Year-Old

 - Feb 7, 2012
References: layerwise & wired
An 83-year-old woman has had her lower jaw replaced with a 3D-printed jaw! Replacing the woman's original infected jaw, the new artificial and customized mandible was created by metal additive manufacturer LayerWise using a method developed by Hasselt University's Research Institute Biomed in Belgium.

Since typical reconstructive surgery and jaw implants take a long time and come with high risk, the 3D-printed jaw provides an amazing alternative. Made of powdered titanium, this 107-gram artificial jaw was printed in layers and then covered in a bioceramic coating. The surgery was performed in the Sittard-Geleen hospital in the Netherlands, and the woman was able to speak and swallow the very next day. According to Wired UK, while traditional implants can take up to two days to be ready, the 3D-printed jaw was in the patient's jaw after only four hours. Watch the video here to learn more about this incredible innovation.