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Facial Reconstruction through 3D Scan, Print

UK Doctors are reverse engineering and reconstructing a man’s face, thanks to 3D technologies. Warning – some images could be graphic.

Eric Moger lost half of his face to cancer and as a result could no longer eat, drink or speak.  Doctors scanned his face and mirrored the “good” side over the “bad.”  The result is a model of the face very similar to how it used to look.  From that the team of doctors was able to develop a prosthesis that allows the patient use of his mouth again.

For the first time in five years, Eric Moger is able to speak clearly without holding his mouth, eat without a feeding tube, and hold his head high while going to the pub with his friends.

In the words of Mr. Moger, himself, “It is a great feeling to look in the mirror and see a whole face again. I am amazed at what they have done  – it just looks so like me. I also have something to look forward to, as Karen and I are planning to finally get married this summer.’

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3D Printing in the Medical World

In early February there was a ton of buzz surrounding an 83-year old woman in the Netherlands receiving the first ever 3D printed titanium jaw transplant. The role of additive manufacturing and digital fabrication in the medical device and healthcare industry is growing rapidly, due to the growing opportunities for its application. In the world of medicine, 3D printing is being used to create customized devices such as hearing aids, orthopedic implants, and dental implants, in addition to creating visual models and surgical guides that helps doctors and surgeons to better analyze and treat patients. Check out the following article: “3D printing in medicine: What is happening right now in patients.”

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