Technological innovation seems regular in our society today. We’ve been trained to expect the announcements of a new “revolutionary device.” We’re excited of course but it seems to have numbed us to the fact that we now live in a world of ever changing realities. The reality of what would leave us dead or debilitated today may very well be of no concern in a year.
Specifically in the world of medicine the technology of 3D Printing has presented all sorts of options. From the now being tested printing of kidneys and bladders to the replacement of hips and knees. Not to mention the world of prosthetics and what was once considered a handicap soon could be argued as an extension of man’s ability and be seen as an enhancement.
As I have written before “the lines between human and our becoming something other” are being burred on the battlefield and in everyday life. In a very real way the idea of “cyborgs” is quickly being realized.
A Titanium Rib Cage
A recent cancer patient in Spain, having suffered from the growth of tumors in his chest faced losing his rib cage and sternum. Typically they replace with a solid metal plate of sorts that often loosen over time.
As an alternate and radical solution doctors pursued the 3D construction of an actual ribcage based on a scan of the man’s actual ribs and sternum. They scanned the man for prep of the surgery and used that same data in the elaborate production of titanium ribs.
This whole construction and procedure wreaks of a Wolverine origin story, but it’s real world. It’s absolutely radical to think we can construct working bone structures on this level.
The Australian based company Anatomics is responsible for the printing and construction of the ribs and continue to work toward providing more similar solutions.
Pretty wild to think where 3D Printing might continue to take the world of medicine and man in the future. See the company’s video explaining the ribcage above.