3D printing – the possibilities really are endless of where this technology can take us in the future.
An example of this is with Peter Armstrong, a mechanical engineering student from Colorado who was inspired by a family friend who underwent a double amputation to the lower limbs. Through years of research and various prototypes, Peter has been able to apply his knowledge and skills to produce low-cost prosthetics using 3D printing technology.
He foresees these prosthetics, costing an average of US$300 to produce, being utilized in parts of the world where prosthetics and medical aid can be difficult to afford.
His project has grown into the company, Go Prosthetics and he is currently looking for companies to collaborate with to develop his 3D printed prosthetics further.
(Image Source: Go Prosthetics)
Prosthetics have come a long way over the years. Developments in technologies such as robotics and 3D printing have made the future for amputees an exciting time and a much cheaper future.