Here is something that may make people think 3D printing is moving a bit too fast: an implant was used on a skull surgery.
Oxford Performance Materials received FDA approval to use 3D printed implants last month.
That still didn't prepare us for the news that no less than 75% of a person's skull was replaced with a prosthetic made of polyetherketoneketone, a biocompatible polymer that won't interfere with X-rays.
was made with small etched details that will promote bone and cell growth.
Still, the fact remains that, as odd as it sounds, most of the skull was replaced by a prosthetic made through an additive printing process.
It is unclear if 75% means three quarters of the skull area or three quarters of the skull's mass. Either way, it is a big change.