3D printing: It’s not just for making kitschy paper weights anymore.
Beyond its new-found applications in both food and firearms production, 3D printed objects are allowing medical researchers to build better prosthetics and replacement body parts — from ears and noses to legs, hip joints, and even faces.
Last month, for example, doctors implanted a precisely crafted, 3D-printed titanium ribcage into to a cancer patient.
See in our slideshow above how, beyond mere proof-of-concept, 3D printing in the health field has and is being used to actually make a difference in people’s lives.
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