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A New Way To Get A Head

Plastic implant replaces three-quarters of man's skull
Polymer cranium made using 3-D printer

By Rachel Ehrenberg

Surgeons have replaced 75 percent of a man’s skull with a custom-designed polymer cranium constructed with a 3-D printer. The surgery took place on March 4 and is the first U.S. case following the FDA’s approval of the implants last month. The patient’s reason for needing such extensive replacement surgery has not been revealed.

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