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First 3D Printed Rib Cage

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3D printing technology has enabled a replacement sternum and rib cage customized for a specific patient3D printing technology has enabled a replacement sternum and rib cage customized for a specific patient

Following a 3D-printed heel bone, a 3D-printed mouth guard for sleep apnea sufferers and the world’s first 3D-printed jet engine, Lab 22 at Australia’s CSIRO has added to the growing list of 3D-printed medical implants by designing and printing a replacement titanium sternum and rib cage for a 54-year-old cancer patient.

The sternum and rib cage features a complex geometry that means the flat and plate implants traditionally used for this part of the chest can come loose over time. For this reason, the surgical team at the Salamanca University Hospital in Spain thought a custom 3D-printed implant would be a better option for a Spanish man suffering from a chest wall sarcoma – a condition that had resulted in a cancerous tumor growing around his rib cage, requiring certain sections to be removed.

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