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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

3D Printing in Medicine

How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Medicine

Grant Suneson | September 14, 2015

Last week, a Spanish man received the world's first customized, 3D-printed titanium ribcage after doctors had to remove a large portion of his sternum due to a cancerous tumor.
And 3D printing is quickly becoming a favorite for medical researchers. It makes life a lot easier for the ribcage's new owner as well as the doctors who implanted it.

Princeton University scientists have invented a new medical device that would have Ridley Scott nodding in recognition. By using live cells and metal nanoparticles, the researchers were able to use a 3D printer to create a bionic ear with an integrated coil antenna. The fully-functioning organ receives radio waves, and it could potentially improve upon the human body’s sense of hearing. Source:

<more at (12 Things We Can 3D Print in Medicine Right Now. February 26,2015) and (The printed organs coming to a body near you. From kidneys to hands, 3D printers are churning out made-to-order bones and rudimentary organs. April 15, 2015)>

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