How Stylish 3-D Printed Limbs Overcome Amputee Resistance to Wearing Them

New hope for amputee service members. (Image:http://totallyfreeimages.com)
New hope for amputee service members. (Image:http://totallyfreeimages.com)

Many amputees really dislike wearing their artificial limbs That’s not surprising when we look at the history of artificial limb manufacture.

Now, 3-D printing is opening up an exciting area for anyone missing a limb.

William Root, a recent graduate from the Pratt Institute in New York City, has developed a system to 3-D print super-lightweight prosthetic legs.

Root says: “Prostheses are not aesthetically pleasing, extremely expensive, and difficult to produce.”

Prosthetic limb factory. (Image: media.iwm.org.uk)

Prosthetic limb factory. (Image: media.iwm.org.uk)

William Roots’ work on stylish $6 million limbs for a fraction of that price shows just how far technology has come recently.

Using data  from MIT’s Biomechatronics lab, Root extrapolates a 3-D model of the patient’s full leg, which is turned into a triangulated mesh.

“It has the maximum strength for the least amount of material, with the added benefit of looking really slick,” says Root.

Benefits are the elimination of manual fittings, and getting better looking, lighter, and easier to apply and wear limbs.

Now, lets look at the reason amputees don’t like to wear their old-style new limbs in the following VIDEO.

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