FDA approves first non-metal 3D printed implants
More than 30,000 people already have 3D-printed hips that are made of titanium. That’s good, because titanium is light and strong, like bone. There are some drawbacks to having metal for bones, though (besides being susceptible to Magneto’s powers). For one, it interferes with X-rays, and two, MRIs are a no-go. And if you’re needing bone replaced in your head, where MRIs are often directed, that can be especially problematic. That’s why the FDA’s recent approval of Oxford Performance Materials’ 3D printed polymer for cranial bone replacement is a major milestone.