Printed Prosthetics

3-D printing could bring cheap, easily made prosthetics to low-income countries whose residents have been devastated by conflict or disease. The WHO estimates 30 million people worldwide need prosthetics, braces or other mobility devices, but many poorer countries lack trained professionals who can produce and fit prosthetics for patients.
 
“You can do anything with 3-D printing,” says University of Nebraska research scientist Jorge Zuniga, who developed low-cost prosthetic hands. 3-D technology is also being applied to the creation of prosthetic arms and legs. Today, Chile, Sudan, Cambodia and Uganda are experimenting with 3-D prosthesis printing, and there are plans to bring the technology to Nigeria.
 
Source: The Atlantic

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