Written by Tess via 3ders.org
3D printing technologies have once again helped to change someone’s life for the better, this time by helping a teen to overcome and recover from a serious car accident.
Just one year ago, Jake Reynolds, a now 18 year old from Phoenix, Arizona was brutally hit by a vehicle traveling 25-30 miles per hour. The impact, which sent Reynold’s head through the car’s front windshield, left the young man with severely damaged facial bones and significant internal damage. Luckily for Reynolds, who was rushed to the HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center in Phoenix, Dr. Pablo Prichard was on duty and he knew exactly how to help the injured youth.
After dealing with the internal damage of reconstructing muscles, nerve endings, and salivary glands, Dr. Prichard CT scanned Reynolds’ face and used the data and mirror imaging to create a 3D model of the damaged part of Reynolds’ skull. From the CT scan, Dr. Prichard, who had never before used 3D printing for facial reconstruction, filled the area where Reynolds’ bone had died with an antibiotic bone cement and sent the 3D model to a 3D printing service to be additively manufactured.
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