Korean Scientists Create Low-Cost 3D Printed Testicle Replacements

Korean Scientists Create Low-Cost 3D Printed Testicle Replacements

Modern technology is a pretty magical thing, and enterprising researchers are constantly finding interesting things to do with it. Just over the transom is a story about a group of Korean scientists using 3D printing to produce non-functional replacement testicles for people who lost their gonads as a result of testicular cancer or other conditions.

There are already replacement testicles on the market, but as any reader of the Ball Report knows, balls come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Returning to feeling normal after losing a ball can be hard enough without losing your balance down there. There are other dangers to just popping in an off-the-rack prosthetic testicle, including the risk of them migrating to other locations inside the body. So having a silicone replacement milled on a 3D printer is a low-cost solution to several problems.

There’s also a financial incentive here – in Korea, the medical device firm AMS has an exclusive license to provide prosthetic testicles, with a sticker price of over $700. The 3D printed method allows patient care providers to produce an alternative at a lower price, from a domestic source, that provides greater value. Ingenuity always wins in the end.

Read more at 3D Printing Industry.