07 Aug '12, 3pm

3D Printed "Magic Arms" Demonstrate How This Technology Can Change Lives And Maybe The World

3D Printed "Magic Arms" Demonstrate How This Technology Can Change Lives And Maybe The World

Screen Capture /Screen capture The next time anybody tells me that 3-D Printing Will Go the Way of Virtual Reality , that it is a techno-fantasy, I will make him sit down and watch this video of Emma Lavelle. She suffers from arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that leaves her muscles underdeveloped, so she doesn't have the strength to lift her own arms. There is a device called a WREX (Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton) designed to help people with this condition, but it is too heavy, expensive, and not designed for a growing child. But 3D printing has enabled researchers to make a smaller, lighter and more adaptable WREX. David McGahan at Ponoko explains: Researchers at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware deemed CNC milling unsuitable to produce intricate parts with light enough weight and the durability required. However, 3D printing the p...

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