In this interview, Jason Laing (Promake International, London, UK) describes his journey with medical 3D printing, from using models as a patient to pioneering the technology for general surgical use.
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On the 18 of March 2015 Jason Laing (Promake International, London, UK) was training for provincial and South African Track cycling champs on an outdoor velodrome oval track. During one of the training intervals at a speed of close to 60km per hour, Jason experienced a freak accident, suffering severe brain injuries along with 32 areas of his body either broken, dislocated, compressed or collapsed. Using 3D printing technology, Jason and his team were able to repair parts of his body, saving him an arm and a leg at risk of amputation. 3D printing and virtual reality also helped with his occupational therapy and mental rehabilitation. Jason has pioneered a combined approach involving metallurgy, chemical and biological sciences in the ‘re-incubation’ of mammalian bone and soft tissue stem cells within the human body via a bio-scaffolding system.
Video originally published on 3DMedNet, a digital platform from the Future Science Group that unites the diverse 3D printing in medicine community, seeking to educate and inspire to help this exciting field move forward at an even faster rate.