Plastic implant replaces three-quarters of man's skull

Sketched Skull Oxford Performance MaterialsHow long until we can successfully 3-D print a whole human? The rise of 3-D printing has turned body parts into a custom order. We can now 3-D-print customized prosthetics for everything from our hands to our ears. And now 3-D printing can even make you a new noggin. Earlier this week, an unnamed man in the northeastern U.S. had 75 percent of his skull replaced by a 3-D printed implant made by Oxford Performance Materials, a Connecticut-based biomedical company. The replacement bone took only five days to fabricate, according to Scott DeFelice, the company's president and CEO. The FDA cleared the implant, called the OsteoFab Patient Specific Cranial Device, for use in the U.S. back in mid-February. The implant, printed to match the patient's skull, is made of PEKK, a biomedical implant polymer that's mechanically similar to bone and is osteoconductive, meaning bone cells will grow and attach to small details on its surface. It doesn't interfere with X-ray equipme

Plastic implant replaces three-quarters of man's skull

Polymer cranium made using 3-D printer

Mon 11 Mar 13 from ScienceNews

Man has 75% of his skull replaced with 3D copy

Written by: David Swan | Published in: HealthA man has had three quarters of his skull replaced by a 3D printed copy in a procedure that is being lauded as the first of its kind.

Wed 13 Mar 13 from iTWire

75% of a human skull replaced with 3D-printed material

We've been able to aid the body's own repair of damaged bones for a relatively long time, but now we're ready to use 3D-printing to completely replace damaged bone. Earlier this week, 75% of ...

Mon 11 Mar 13 from Extremetech

75 percent of man's skull replaced with 3D printed object

Earlier this week, a man (whose identity remains anonymous) underwent cranial surgery and had 75% of his skull replaced by a 3D-printed implant. The above image is simply a model of what ...

Fri 8 Mar 13 from Geek.com

3D-printed implant replaces 75 percent of a man's skull

A man in the U.S. is on his way to receiving a new skull cap thanks to 3-D printed polymers.

Fri 8 Mar 13 from Dvice

Patient has 75 percent of his skull replaced with 3D-printed prosthetic

Earlier this week, an un-named man in the United States had 75 percent of his skull replaced with a 3D-printed plastic prosthetic, the first-known operation of its kind. The transplant was ...

Fri 8 Mar 13 from Engadget

3-D-Printed Implant Replaces 75 Percent Of Man's Skull

Sketched Skull Oxford Performance MaterialsHow long until we can successfully 3-D print a whole human? The rise of 3-D printing has turned body parts into a custom order. We can now 3-D-print ...

Fri 8 Mar 13 from Popular Science

3D-printed implant used to replace 75 percent of man's skull

A 3D-printed implant was used to replace 75 percent of a man's skull in a surgical procedure earlier this week. The prosthetic was constructed using an additive printing process, ...

Fri 8 Mar 13 from The Verge

Dude Has 75 Percent of His Skull Replaced By 3D-Printed Replica

A man has had the first ever 3D-printed skull-replacement fitted, swapping out a whole 75 per cent of the bone in his head for a man-made replacement. More »

Fri 8 Mar 13 from Gizmodo

3D printed skull implant is ready for surgery

3D printing is the stuff of the future – today. It’s one of the most stunning pieces of relatively accessible technology; most notably in medicine, the precision offered by 3-D printing ...

Fri 8 Mar 13 from ZME Science

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