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CLIP 14190

3D printing a new jaw bone

3D printing a new jaw bone
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Key Info
  • 3D printing a new jaw bone
  • Duration: 04:19
  • Dr Tali Sharot follows pioneering surgery in the Netherlands that has replaced a patient's infected jaw bone with one created by a 3D printer. The new 3D printer had only been previously used to manufacture components for the car industry, but a team of scientists turned the technology to producing human spare parts instead. Using a CT scan of the patient's skull they printed a customised prosthetic implant from titanium, an inert metal that would not be rejected by the body, before the surgical team from the Biomedical Research Institute at Hasselt University in Belgium fitted the new jaw. First broadcast on 'Dara O Briain's Science Club' on BBC Two in December 2012.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Bio: Health and Disease

  • Keywords: DaraOBriainsScienceClub, Dara O'Briain, Science Club, titanium, transplants, prosthesis, 3D printing
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used as an example of the application of 3D printing.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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