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83-year-old woman gets 3D-printed titanium jaw, rapper T.I is jealous

83-year-old woman gets replacement 3D printed titanium jaw, is now part Terminator, part nanna

By Anthony Garreffa from Feb 7, 2012 @ 3:25 CST

3D printers have come a long way now, and in 2012, they're ready to do something quite miraculous. An 83-year-old woman is set to be the first to receive a titanium jaw crafted by one of these 3D printers.

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The method was developed by the BIOMED Research Institute at Hasselt University in Belgium and what the printer does is create the low jaw replacement from layer-upon-layer of titanium dust. This is made possible by using a computer-controller laser that ensures the correct molecules are fused together.

The result, is a perfect titanium jaw which takes just hours to built, versus previous options where it would take days. Of course this new nail-biter weighs a bit more than its natural bone-based predecessor, but that doesn't stop the patient from returning close to "normal speaking and swallowing" the day after the operation.

NEWS SOURCES:Engadget.com


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