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Almost hesitated to post this.   It's one of those headline titles that Generoso Pope (founder of The National Enquirer) would have been proud of!   But this news is not a made up story, it's another modern marvel contributed by the Tech and Bio geniuses.

An 83-year old woman became the first patient to receive a titanium jaw crafted by our latest high tech craftsman; a 3D printer… 

83-year old woman gets replacement 3D printed titanium jaw, makes her the coolest member of the bridge clubPosted Feb 6th 2012 by Mat Smith at engadget.com

3D printers are continuing to force their way into medical applications and the latest beneficiary is an 83-year old woman. She's the first patient to receive a titanium jaw crafted by those not-so dimensionally-challenged printers. The method was developed by the BIOMED Research Institute at Hasselt University in Belgium and creates the replacement from layer-upon-layer of titanium dust. A computer-controlled laser ensures that the correct molecules are fused together. The technique, the first to replace the entire jaw, takes mere hours to make the substitute choppers, with other options taking several days. While the final product weighs a bit more than its natural predecessor, but that didn't stop the patient returning close to "normal speaking and swallowing" the day after the operation.

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