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.Get your balls in the game! Donate to the Sean Kimerling Foundation to win the battle against testicular cancer.