Australian surgeon inserts 3D-printed vertebrae in world-first

An Australian neurosurgeon has completed a world-first marathon surgery removing cancer-riddled vertebrae and successfully replacing them with a 3D-printed body part.

“3D printing of body parts is the next phase of individualised health care,” he said.

Prosthetis planned perfectly to fit ‘like a glove’

“To restore bones, joints, organs with this type of technology really is super exciting and Australia is supposed to be the smart country — well, here is our opportunity to really take it out there and to keep pushing the boundaries on the whole 3D-printed body part business.”



Printing Bones: First 3D Printed Vertebra Implant – Science


3D Printing Tissue – More Bioprinting Advances

Researchers developed a new method enabling them to print with soft materials such as collagens, alginates and fibrins that naturally appear in the body. To date, medical 3D printing has been mainly used to create prosthetics.



Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney.

Printing a Human Kidney