An anonymous reader writes: An 83 year old woman was diagnosed with progressive osteomyelitis, a condition that causes inflammation in bones. In this case, the condition affected her jaw, and the doctors decided the only safe course was to remove it. Normally, this would have left the woman horribly disfigured. The only way to repair such damage is through complex, highly precise and slightly dangerous bone and soft tissue transplants, to rebuild the jaw from existing structures.
But times have changed. Collaborating with a 3D printing company called Xilloc, the team modeled and printed a complete replacement jaw made of titanium.