3D printer produces replacement jaw bone

replacement jawboneIf you thought printers were just for printing invoices and letters then you need to think again, a company called LayerWise have developed a 3D printer capable of making a synthetic jawbone.

The transplant was performed on an elderly patient in the Netherlands, the patients facial features were restored and allowed her to regain her speech within hours.

3D printers work by building up thousands of layers of synthetic material to reproduce a solid structure, in this particular case it took 33 layers to build just 1mm of height, meaning many thousands of layers in the replacement jaw bone, according to LayerWise it only took a few hours to print the jawbone.

For more details read the article on the BBC website or visit LayerWise’s website.