Crafting Body Parts with 3-D Printing

Story by Josiah Wilson, Defense Media Activity

Have you heard of 3-D printing? I think it is by far one of the coolest in the most recent of scientific trends. Using a computer assisted drawing program you create a three dimensional object and actually create it in 3-D using a very special printer.

It’s a brilliant idea with practical uses in military and civilian industries alike. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., uses it constantly to create custom prosthetic attachments, cranial-facial implants and surgical models. Check out this video to from Stars and Stripes to see how Walter Reed staff put it to good use.

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  • Jensen

    I had to do a research project with 3D printing last year. Apparently, it’s an amazing new technology that can literally craft an object from a material you add to the machine. The possibilities are endless for what you could do with something like this, especially in prosthetics! I wonder how soon we will people with prosthetic limbs made from 3D printers. I’d imagine it’s not too far in the future!
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