This Futuristic 3D Printed Skull Implant Is Now A Reality

A young woman in the Netherlands was diagnosed with a chronic bone disorder. She was slowly losing eyesight and started suffering from extreme headaches. During that time, her skull increased from 1.5 cm to 5 cm.

In a rush to save her life, doctors at the University Medical Centre Utrecht removed the top part of her skull and replaced it with a 3D printed skull implant.

Since the operation, the young woman has gained her eyesight back and is symptom free. The University is hoping that this technique can be used for other bone disorders.

The 3D implant is made of durable plastic.


The implant successfully attached. The scalp will then be pulled back over the implant.


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