Smart­phone and 3D printer pro­vide man with new face

By means of eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble tech­nol­ogy in the shape of a smart­phone app and a 3D printer, sci­en­tists can cre­ate a life­like and cheap face pros­the­sis.

Science Illustrated - - SCIENCE UPDATE -

A Brazil­ian man, who sur­vived cancer, has been pro­vided with a face pros­the­sis that was cre­ated by means of a smart­phone app and a 3D printer.

In 2008, Car­l­ito Con­ceiçao was di­ag­nosed with a very ag­gres­sive type of mouth cancer, but af­ter life-sav­ing surgery, in which doc­tors man­aged to re­move the fast-grow­ing tu­mour, the for­mer sales­man's face in­cluded a gap­ing hole in the place where his right eye, cheek-bone, and part of the nose used to be. The fa­cial pros­the­sis that Con­ceiçao was sub­se­quently equipped with, caused him lots of prob­lems be­cause it kept fall­ing off, and in the end, Con­ceiçao hardly dared to leave his house, de­vel­op­ing se­vere de­pres­sion.

Con­ceiçao's sal­va­tion was a new and cheap treat­ment that was de­vel­oped by sci­en­tists at São Paulo's State Univer­sity. Us­ing a free app that can con­vert pho­to­graphs into 3D mod­els, which can sub­se­quently be printed, Con­ceiçao has been equipped with a new sil­i­cone pros­the­sis. Apart from be­ing cheap, the pros­the­sis is very life­like and easy to put on and take off. It is an­chored with mag­nets that at­tach to screws in his skull.

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