A 54 year old from Spain becomes the world’s first cancer patient diagnosed with chest wall sarcoma to get a 3D printed Titanium ribcage and sternum. The implants that thoracic surgeons normally use are known to come lose over time and create complications for the patient but the 3D printed implant is said to be a safer option because it can mimic the intricate structures of the sternum and ribs.
The implant was made by an Australian company called Anatomics who were able to develop the implant working with surgeons at the Salamanca University Hospital in Salamanca, Spain based on the high resolution CT scans of the patient’s chest.
The implant has a titanium plate that sits over the sternum and the mimicked parts of the ribs which were made using a 3D printer was then screwed onto the bone of the rib cage to secure the implant with the bone. The patient was discharged 12 days after the surgery and is recovering well.
In the past 3D printing was used for the creation of a titanium pelvis, a titanium lower jaw and a plastic tracheal splint. It is also expected to be used in dentistry and hearing aid development.
Apart from the medical field 3D printing also has wide applications in space programs, apparels, vehicle manufacturing, construction, firearms and robotics. The most recent use of 3D printing is by a 3D Printing Company Branch Technology who became the first company to make the tallest 3D printed object in America.
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