• The ribs were produced by Australian company Anatomics. One advantage to a custom 3D printed solution is that it could be safer — traditional plate chest implants can come loose over time.
  • The team used CT scan data to create a digital model of the chest wall, which is what the 3D printed ribs were based on.
  • The ribs were printed using a $1.3 million printer made by Arcam, which uses an electron beam to deposit layers of titanium, which was then polished.

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