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3D printing: A licence to print money?
Posted: 7 April 2013

In today's Sunday Times Magazine there is a short snippet headed "Human skulls are being 3D printed". Here's the gist of it:

"Hasn't Damien Hirst been doing that for years? This isn't art. An American man has just had the first 3D-printed skull replacement.
"Clearly he wasn't well. Remind me, what's a 3D printer. One of those super high-tech machines that assembles things in layers.
"And this chap has had a new skull? 75% new, yes. It was 3D printed and the surgeons fitted it - the first operation of its kind.
"Is it made from bone? No. High-performance thermo plastic.
"I wonder what other organs you can 3D print? Start ups are researching that - everything from bone s to stem-cells.
"Sounds lucrative. State-approved licences in the US could be worth $100m for each bone type.
"A licence to print money, you might say."

And we wrote about it in this MindBullet almost ten years ago!

No more paper or ink, but everything else goes
Dateline: 17 June 2012
I spent a frustrating few days at the World Printing Industry Showcase in Beijing this weekend. As an old-timer of the printing industry, I simply didn't recognize the place anymore – so much has the face of what I thought to be ‘printing’ changed. This is the same industry fair that just a short ten years ago would have attracted the best of the packaging, newspaper and magazine industry. ...
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