The promise of medical 3D printing: from 3D printed prosthetics to regenerated human limbs

Considering the high pricing of prosthetics and the difficulty of customizing them, 3D printing provides a much-anticipated solution to the artificial limb market. MIT developed a solution called FitSocket. It uses 3D Scanning and 3D printing to make artificial limbs that are fully customizable, to the finest detail.

“Traditional prosthetics require a large amount of specialized labor. And, by their nature, they both look and feel very mechanical and robotic. This often “negatively affects the appearance and psychological well-being of the amputees who need them. Creating an artificial limb that better suits the personality of the person who’ll be wearing it can make an enormous difference to the amputee’s self confidence and comfort.

After the scan is complete and a 3d Model of the leg has been made, it is then hollowed out, reducing weight significantly as well as being customized to the look preferred by the wearer. Then, the model is printed out of titanium which is both light and extremely durable.” William Root, one of the designers behind FitSocket, said. … (read more)