From person to cyborg: a synthetic chest created using 3D printing
It seems that a person has every chance to turn into a cyborg. Arcam AB specialists have created perhaps the most difficult prosthesis to date, designed to replace part of the patient’s chest. An innovative implant was created using 3D printing.
The Swedish company Arcam AB, with the support of the Australian company Anatomics, set about implementing an ambitious project. The essence of the project was to create an artificial chest, for patients who may need to replace several ribs at once. The project was dedicated to the operation of a 54-year-old cancer patient. An artificial chest was created for him, and later the brainchild of the project, scientists can use for other patients.
The complexity of the operation was that in addition to the cancerous tissue, the patient had to remove a part of the chest that was already affected by the disease at the level of bones and cartilage. Initially, doctors wanted to install titanium platinum in the chest, but subsequently a stretch was created.
Its main advantage is that it almost completely copies the texture of removed or damaged bones. Design features make the titanium prosthesis movable so as not to hamper breathing, and the implant itself does not lose its shape and elasticity. The prosthesis cost $ 1.2 million and is today one of the most difficult. To create it, I had to use the technology of electron beam melting. The transplant operation was successful. Doctors announced the stability of the patient, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation.