Exactly a year ago I wrote about the first patient who had 75% of his skull replaced with a 3D-Printed skull (made of polyetherketoneketone, see the post here). Now, a year later, DutchNews.nl broke the news: there has been the first successful transplant of a plastic 3D printed skull.
The patient, a 22 year old woman whose skull has never stopped growing, and hence put her life in danger, is the brand new owner of a transparent skull. You can read the whole story here, or on The Independent website, and watch the incredible video.
What more can you say to that, except that I suppose we are waiting now to see developing a whole industry of custom designed body parts, in various shapes/sizes, colours/with direct view to the brain or not etc. We are definitely entering a new phase in defining the human body.
For a comprehensive review of the use of 3D printing for the human body you should read the Bone Benefits of 3D Printing post of These Bones of Mine (from hip replacements, and maxillofacial reconstruction to the “practical” downsides and opportunities of such medical/technological innovations).