3D printer implant has saved the lives of three baby boys near death. Translational researchers are calling the implant a 4D device which successfully engineered and implanted to the children's growth over time. Boys from 3 - 16 months of age suffered from a condition called tracheobronchomalacia, which occurs through airway walls are too weak and collapse during breathing. Children have been maintained in an intensive care unit for months without food in his stomach without having cardiac arrest.
To save their lives, researchers designed an airway splint made of hollow, porous tubes shaped like the letter "C," said study by biomedical and mechanical engineering. Surgeons sutured the splints around the affected airways, essentially propping open the passages. That splint will essentially give way and allow the airway to grow over time. The splints are made of a biomaterial that will dissolve as the airway becomes strong enough to stand open on its own. 3D printing also can be used to craft precision devices that will adapt to changes in the body. Because of this, they can treat a wide variety of illnesses anything expecting a significant increase in either organ or anatomical structure change. Doctors have scheduled for removal of his breathing tube which essentially is considered cured.