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Melting Metals, Mainstreaming 3D Printing

Jun 17, 2014 5:50:13 AM / by BIS Research posted in Ceramics, PLA, Plastics, Polymer, Wax, 3d Printer in Medical, ABS, 3D Printer, 3D Printing, 3D Printing Market, 3D Printing Material, Consumer Printer, Industrial 3D Printer, Metal

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One dramatic surgery made worldwide news in 2012 when an 83-year old Belgian woman with oral cancer had her jaw replaced by a tailor-made, 3D printed titanium mandible in what can be called a first-of-its-kind surgical transplant. Metal-focused additive manufacturer LayerWise from Belgium used a method developed by a surgical team from Belgium’s Hasselt University to create the fake jaw. Titanium, a well known material in the medical implant industry because of its biocompatibility, was powdered and then printed out layer by layer.

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