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A Medical First Accomplished Using 3-D Printing of Airway

The Associated Press reports “In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy …” whose airway used to collapse daily due to an incompletely formed bronchus. Researchers were able to “print out” 100 tiny tubes in a single day, “using computer-guided lasers to stack and fuse thin layers of plastic instead of paper and ink to form various shapes and sizes. The next day, with special permission from the Food and Drug Administration, they implanted one of these tubes in Kaiba [the baby boy], the first time this has been done.”

Read the article published by The Associated Press.