Until very recently, some injuries were just too complex to solve using prosthesis. Many afflicted patients had to settle for being confined in a wheelchair for the rest of their lives.
Today, however, 3D printing technology is revolutionizing the entire field. The cost of designing a custom prosthetic rig for a complicated injury is not much of an issue anymore, thanks to current computing power and machine precision. This means that paraplegics are slowly starting to have their own specialized prosthesis built, which can range from a working hand to a full-body exoskeleton.
For some, it marks the first time they’ve had the ability to walk in decades. As the machines become faster and more widespread, it’s realistic to imagine that a huge percentage of paraplegics will make use of this miracle process.
Here are five stories about 3D printing technologies that allow patients to overcome their handicaps:
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