Motorbike accident victim has face reconstructed using 3D printed parts

We can rebuild you, we have the technology - the saying from The Six Million Dollar Man has never been more true. A survivor of a motorbike accident has had his face reconstructed using 3D printed parts.

Stephen Power is the first trauma patient to have 3D printing used at every stage of a reconstructive procedure. The operation, at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, is unique for using 3D printed parts to repair impact injuries months after they were sustained.

After smashing his cheekbone, jaw, nose and fracturing his skull, Power was given a CT scan to create a 3D model of his head. Surgeons used this to remove the guesswork usually associated with reconstructive procedures.

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Maxillofacial surgeon Adrian Sugar says: "What this does is allows us to be much more precise. Everybody now is starting to think in this way - guesswork is not good enough."

The medical-grade titanium implant was printed in Belgium before being used to hold the bones in their new shape.

The operation is currently featured in an exhibition at the Science Museum in London, called 3D Printing: The Future.