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North Korea claims their 3D printer can make bones

by • August 14, 2016 • No Comments


Doctors in North Korea say they are working with a new 3D printing device which can reproduce bone for cosmetic surgery and dentistry. Footage on a news segment on KCTV showed several doctors working on the printing device, apparently working on building a human lower jaw. The news piece in addition said the printing device may assist North Korean doctors work with detailed images and versions, saving time and improving the precision of medical procedures.

“With this new innovation, we can mould different types of bone fragments through a detailed facial blueprint,” said Dr Hwang Seong-hyeok of the say department of dentistry.

On the other hand it is not clear which the product has been seen by anyone outside of North Korea, the news segment in addition showed a couple of documents which they claim are a certification of assessment of the “intellectual products exhibition” and a “patent of certification”.

North Korea's 3D printing device. Image: NKNews

North Korea’s 3D printing device. Image: NKNews

Even South Korea, a world leader is cosmetic surgery and innovation is yet establishing regulations for 3D printing in medicine.

“We are calibrating 3D Printers for procedures of dental implant prosthesis and physicians … are bringing advantage of the current limits which 3D Printers can take,” Park Hyun-wee at the 3D Convergence Technology Center in Seoul said.

“3D Printers in addition stay in the R&D paradigm of inspection and testing, a strict set of guidelines which may assure regulators of the variety of industries 3D Printers may shape,” he introduced.

If the claim turns out to be true, it may be a bold step forward for North Korea’s medical industry. Given which their health process is reportedly struggling with broken equipment and declining treatment, it is doubtful the innovation can be rolled out widely.

In June, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology showed off its 3D printing device at the Pyongyang trade show, but this is the initially time a working version has been shown on say television linked to medical advancements.

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