Sometimes my posts read like one big love letter to 3D printing. I never specifically planned or intended for that to be the case, but when you write about science and technology, it’s next to impossible to avoid. No matter how much I learn and write about 3D printing, I’m still awed by each new advancement and application. Case in point: a Dutch patient now has a 3D-printed skull.
A 22-year-old Dutch woman received the world’s first 3D-printed cranium as a replacement for her defunct one — due to a disease, her skull was thickening, causing pressure to build up against the brain. A normal skull is about 1.5 cm thick, but hers had already reached 5 cm. Her vision was going, as was her ability to use her facial muscles. It was only a matter of time before her other brain functions stopped working, after which she would die. And that’s what would have happened, if not for 3D printing.