You’ve heard of people with metal plates in their heads. Well, now there is a woman who can lay claim to having the first 3D printing brain cage. Yes, this is the first that a person has had their entire cranium replaced with a 3D printed implant. Surgeons at UMC Utrecht removed portion of a woman’s skull due to abnormal thickening which caused pressure on the brain. However, the print is not bone. It’s clear, shiny plastic. The 23 hour surgery was the world’s first ending in complete success and full recovery for the woman. All we know of the company who manufactured the implant is that they are an Australian-based specialist in the 3D printing field.

Warning. The video will be of particular interest if you have ever wanted to see the top of the skull removed and a replaces with a clear plastic version.

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