3D printing is a useful technique to provide for low-cost prosthetics. Remember Project Daniel by Not Impossible? This organization provides low-cost prosthetics for victims of the Sudan war. But not just in Sudan, but all around the world people are using the technique to create prosthetics. The good thing about this whole thing is that most 3D prosthetics are currently an open-source thing, meaning anyone could just use the 3D programs to create their own prosthetics on a 3D printer. A new, heartwarming prosthetics project was initiated by a student, called Evan Kuester.
A friend of him, Ivania Castillo, only has one forearm, which made Kuester decide to 3D print her a new prosthetic arm. He is currently studying for his Master’s Degree in Architecture at the California College of the Arts and he has a a specialty in digital fabrication, which probably explains something about his capabilities to design a prosthetic arm. What he did was creating two versions of the arm: the first one was a white-colored version, which we’re shaped perfectly and made her very pleased.
However, he wanted to add some more femininity to the design and so he came up with a second version. As you can see on the image, this design is well-made and looks a lot more feminine than the first one. By using a 3D printer, the student managed to give Castillo a new arm, which even adds some style to this whole thing. Proper job, we would say. If you’re interested in more of his work, then could take a look at his website.
3D printing as a technique makes it relatively easy to create prosthetics that fit well, as you can take exact measurements and use them in your 3D model, which is the basis for a final ‘print’. While I don’t think Kuester has had the necessary equipment to use a 3D scanner, it is worth saying a 3D scanner is often being used in order to accurately measure the perfect size of the prosthetics.
Image credits: Evan Kuester.