Lucky pup gets a new 3D printed titanium skull!



Dog with 3d printed skull

Patches, a little dashcund pup was given life changing surgery and a new chance at life thanks to 3D printing technology. Patches had been suffering with an extremely large tumor on the top of his head, it was crushing his brain and growing rapidly. To remove the tumor, little patches would have to loose 70% of her brain. Dr Michelle Oblak and her team from Cornell University tried something never before done in the US. Using a 3D printer, they created a titanium skull, that perfectly fit their canine patient.



Dog with 3d printed skull

After the scars had healed, the titanium skull is barely noticeable, but the implications are huge. If this technology worked so well for a dog, then it could be good news for humans too. Instead of having to take an implant directly off the shelf, doctors will be able to create an implant that has been designed perfectly for the patient.



This isnt the first time that 3D printing has helped in the medical industry. There are stories after stories of dogs and humans alike having their lives changed for the better thanks to 3D printing, but its not stopping there. In America a typical kidney transplant could cost around $330,000 (according to the National Foundation for Transplants). On the other hand, the conventional 3D bioprinter costs $10,000. In the not too distant future, prices of medical procedures and biomedicines could see a drastic cut in cost if competition increases because of 3D printers. In addition to reducing costs, 3D printers may also simplify treatment. 



Dog with 3d printed skull