3D printing used as a facial reconstruction aid

3D printing technology is being used to recreate the severely injured face of a road accident victim.

A team of British surgeons are set to carry out a pioneering operation which will restore the symmetry of a man's face - using new parts produced by a printer.

The unaffected side of the biker's face has been used to create a mirror image to enable the facial reconstruction.

The project is considered so groundbreaking and radical it already features in an exhibition at London's Science Museum - before the operation itself has been carried out.