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3D-printing is fast becoming less of a novelty and more of a breakthrough innovation, with a Melbourne man recently becoming the first Australian to receive a custom-made 3D-printed titanium jaw. The Australian-first surgical procedure was the solution to a rare deformity suffered by the 32-year-old patient, Richard Stratton, since early childhood.

His condition, a missing joint from the lining of his teeth to his skull, had reportedly effected Stratton’s ability to open his mouth wide enough to eat with a fork. The five hour reconstruction took place last month and with no further complications to date, was deemed a success.

The University of Melbourne, 3D Medical and Epworth Hospital are the brains behind this¬†surgical intervention, not to mention the¬†answer to Stratton’s jawline prayers (see gallery).


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