3D printing technology is making leaps and bounds in a variety of industry, the latest miracle creation involving a 3D printed skull. It was created for a 22 year old woman who suffered from a chronic bone disorder that increased the thickness of her skull from 1.5cm to 5cm, causing reduced eyesight and severe headaches. Wired writes, "Major surgery was inevitable, but prior to the 3D printing technique, there was no ideal effective treatment."
A team of surgeons, led by Dr. Bon Verweij, performed a 23 hour surgery at the University Medical Centre Utrecht to implant the 3D printed skull. It was a success. The university claims this is this first instance of such a procedure that has not been rejected by the patient. She has since returned to work.