3D Printed Prosthetics
Prostheses are manufactured devices that aim to replace or restore normal functions of missing or damaged body parts; they are deeply customized to their wearer because they have to perfectly interface with the individuals'
biological bodies in order to rehabilitate them. 3D printed prosthetics are a subset of these assistive devices that are designed in Computer Aided Design (CAD) environments and reproduced through additive manufacturing technologies. 3D printed prosthetics have gained popularity due to their relative low production cost, their use of digital distribution networks, and their peer production philosophies. These devices have found an effective niche for additive manufacturing technology because they exploit the highly personalizable nature of the production medium.
It is inspiring to see globally distributed communities, like e-NABLE, fuel altruism by facilitating ways for people to work together towards the common goal of increasing accessibility to mobility assistive devices. Since my initial exposure to these cooperative ideals, I've independently completed two 3D Printed Prosthetic projects. Click on the images to learn more.