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3D printing helps a man get a new face.
Eric Moger, a 60 year old man in England has had a prosthetic face created using three dimensional printing technology.
After having surgery four years ago on a tennis ball size tumor growing on the side of his face, the man was left with a large hole where most of the left side of his face had been.
He was unable to drink or eat food through his mouth.
Plastic surgery didn’t work for Moger, because of the other medical treatments he was undergoing. But a plastic plate helps him eat and drink again, while a facial nylon shell was printed as a mirror image from the right side of his face.
The prosthesis has changed his life, as the father of two and grandfather looks forward to the marriage that he had put on hold during his treatment.
Another innovation in 3d printed prosthetics comes from a 17 year old, who has created a robotic arm for the price of only 250 dollars using homemade robotics like a Nintendo Power Glove, lego bricks, fishing wire and plastic tubing, along with 3D plastic printed parts.
The teenager now has an offer from Heineken to make 5 thousand of the prosthetic arms to serve beer.