In three dimensions we are already today printing implants, aircraft parts, and in some cases even clothes and food. More and more areas are moving towards this technology. Researchers also believes that it will soon be possible to print fully functioning body parts with the same method.
Surgeons Successfully Replaced 3D Printed Bone with Real
Surgeons from Thailand have successfully implanted a prosthetic metacarpal bone made of titanium with the help of 3D printer. Scientists and physicians indicate this as a breakthrough, as the 3d printed bone fits precisely and is manufactured locally for a very cheap cost quickly compared to traditional ways. A surgical team at Phramongkutklao Hospital and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok (Thailand) made it possible to achieve the result. The collaborations is the first successfully operation where metacarpal bones of the thumb is replaced with a titanium prosthesis made from a 3D printer in Thailand.