3-D Printing Is Changing the Future of Prosthetics

Thanks to 3-D printing, a lifetime of prosthetics will cost less than one commercially made device. Soon enough, anyone with a 3-D printer will be able to build custom prosthetics. No longer will these devices cost thousands of dollars, removing the financial burden families face when members (especially children) may need multiple each year.

Two companies, e-NABLE and Not Impossible Lab’s Project Daniel, are changing the accessibility of prosthetics for growing children. Both e-NABLE and Not Impossible Labs use open source for designs, meaning anyone with access to a 3D printer and materials can customize and print the design plans. By creating technology for social good, the organizations are opening doors to people who would not be able to obtain prosthetics otherwise.

E-NABLE began in May 2013 with one prosthetic hand design and 70 volunteers. Now, with the help of over 3,000 medical professionals, teachers, engineers, and students, e-NABLE creates colorful and lightweight 3-D printed prosthetic hands for no cost to those in need. With designs named “The Raptor Hand,” “The Cyborg Beast” and “The Odysseus Hand,” kids feel like superheroes and are proud of their prosthetics. Each hand costs just 50 dollars in materials. … (Read more)

Source: TheDailyBeast.com