Printed bones

Source, November 1, 2011: Plastic bones could save thousands of pounds

From the article:

A trainee surgeon and self-confessed 'technology geek' has found a way
to save the NHS thousands of pounds by making cheap anatomical models.
Mark Frame realised he could help the NHS cut costs by using freely
available software programmes and the internet to create models of bones.
A company in the Netherlands transforms 3D CT scan images into plastic
models.  The bones are used before complex operations to give 
surgeons a clearer idea of what to expect. 
The first model of a child's forearm cost 77, and arrived by post in
a week. Surgical models don't come cheap. They're usually made by specialist
manufacturers who charge hundreds - even thousands - of pounds and who
require measurements months in advance, causing delays to the surgery.
Now the models can be produced so cheaply that fellow surgeons at
hospitals in the West of Scotland now ask Mark to help them order models
more often, preventing unexpected problems during surgery.  Plastic bones
Myra Hair, 79, recently benefited from his money-saving idea.
Mark made the model of Mrs Hair's pelvis in advance of difficult
surgery to repair her hip. It was one of the most complex operations
his colleagues had performed for twenty years.
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Aman Khan carried out Mrs Hair's hip
replacement.