30 Dec '14, 3pm

3D printing can create more comfortable and affordable prosthetic limbs

The software allows scans of the remaining limb and other prosthetics to combine and mesh together, creating a 3D model of a new limb. The prosthetic is then hollowed out to reduce weight and can be formed using a pattern preferred by the user. The model is then sent to a 3D printing facility and printed out of titanium, which is ideal for artificial limbs because it’s both lightweight, and extremely durable. In a process known as “laser sintering”, titanium dust particles are fused together to create solid pieces. The Exo-Prosthetic can then be assembled and adjusted accordingly.

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