IEEE Tech alert: wonderful achievement in 3D printing and surgery
andre.kesteloot at verizon.net
Thu Feb 16 14:15:56 CST 2012
*Bone Transplantation Without Rejection
Last June, an 83-year-old Belgian woman suffering from oral cancer and
an infection that was eating away at her jaw received a jawbone
transplant that took a team of 10 surgeons 11 hours to complete. The
operation was a success, allowing the patient to eat and speak with the
new jaw within hours.
The procedure was an even more remarkable success in one other respect:
The jaw itself was manufactured with a 3-D printer. It was built of
titanium powder by a surgical team from Belgium's Hasselt University and
engineers from LayerWise, a Belgian provider of engineering and
production services for industrial, dental, and medical applications.
"Techwise Conversations" host Steven Cherry talks with Peter Mercelis,
the founder of LayerWise, about the surgery, his company's success with
large-scale 3-D printing, and making objects layer by layer using
various materials including living tissue.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the Tacos