Surgeons Replace 75% of Guy's Skull —Using 3D Printer
It's the latest marvel for the nascent technology
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 12, 2013 2:22 PM CDT
Experts 3D-printed most of a skull.   (Oxford Performance Materials)

(Newser) – The world of 3D printing continues to impress: Now, experts have used it to replace three-quarters of a man's skull. The team obtained images of the needed skull sections using CT scans; they then made the replacement by layering a special type of plastic known as PEKK, whose rough surface helps with bone cell growth, Science News reports. The FDA approved the process last month, and the surgery occurred March 4. Doctors will be monitoring the patient for any future complications.

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Mar 15, 2013 11:52 PM CDT
Understand they are now working on prototype for human tissue. For use in the brains of Newser commenters.
Mar 15, 2013 11:49 PM CDT
I've been installing 3-D printed parts for years on the machinery built where I work. Made of a white or black plastic material. Some are quite sophisticated geometric designs. One of the common ones takes 3.5 minutes on the printer; 32 minutes in a multi-station CNC station; ratio of appx. 10-1. Power savings- 90%+.
Mar 13, 2013 11:18 AM CDT
How can the guy be alive with 75% of his skull missing?