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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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DMLS Helps Teen Climb to New Heights

“Imagine opening a gift on Christmas morning and finding a body part in the box.  This happened to CJ Howard in 2010…well, sort of.”

In an article posted by Morrison Technologies, How DMLS Helped Someone Climb to New Heights, Mandy Ott, a friend of CJ’s and a mechanical engineer,collaborated with Morris Technologies to build a titanium foot and ankle/calf piece using DMLS.  The prosthetic was then coated with rubber to serve as CJ’s climbing foot.

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3D Prosthetics Offer Amputees New Lease on Life

San Francisco-based Bespoke Innovations talks about creating unique, custom-fit prosthetics using 3D technologies.

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All the Cool Kids Wear Air Jordan Prosthetics

Designer Colin Matsco created a Nike prosthetic leg for an athletic young man who wanted to maintain his active lifestyle. In All the Cool Kids Wear Air Jordan Prosthetics,  Billy May of Yanko Design writes:

3D printing has become an incredibly powerful tool to customize one-off products for differing applications. This project was based on using this technology to design a customized prosthetic leg for a specific user- a young, urban, male athlete. Nike was chosen as an appropriate brand to bring form to the leg. It also required familiarizing oneself with the emotional, medical, lifestyle, and physical changes the user would encounter.

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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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