Printing Out Body Parts
Printing out body parts is not science fiction and it's not a coming technological change. It's reality. It's happening now.
The lower jaw of the elderly woman was badly infected and needed to be removed. Considering the age of the patient, a "classical" microsurgical reconstructive surgery takes too long time and can be risky. Therefore a tailor-made implant is the best choice.
Normally it takes a few days to produce a custom implant, but with 3D printing technology it takes only a few hours.
Sure, a lower jaw is a relatively simple structure to produce. But we're just getting started. And we already have a good idea where this will take us in the relatively near term. Exciting stuff.