John Stephenson lost most of his face to a rare type of cancer, but thanks to several doctors and 3D printing technologies, he got his jaw back.
From 3D bioprinter that could print skin to a college student successfully, 3D printing his retainers to fix his teeth, the last month was certainly all about how 3D printing has been a game-changer in the world of medicine.
A recent press release shares the story of a cancer survivor Josh David Stephenson, a fashion designer who lost his jaw to cancer.
This kind of skin cancer can spread to other organs.
Stephenson’s dentist, Andrew Dawood, was determined to help in the surgery.
Apart from being a dentist, Dawood is also well-versed in the art of 3D printing, which he involves in his profession.
Using medical data and computer software; the surgery team was able to put together a model of Stephenson’s skull, which they used to create surgical guides for precise incisions and the framework for the facial reconstruction.
Stephenson’s new 3D printed metallic jaw was machine milled to make everything as seamless as possible.
His teeth created through standard 3D printing.
When the operation was over, Stephenson asked for help from Dawood once again.
Inspired by the miracle that 3D printing had done for him, the fashion designer had set out to manufacture a line of luxury umbrellas with 3D printed handles, courtesy of his dentist’s 3D printing services.