Future of 3D Printed Prosthetics

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With the recent growth and popularity of 3D printing, a viable solution is now available for millions of people around the world in need of prosthetics. In this past year alone, nearly 200,000 amputations occurred in the United States. With the average price of a prosthetic ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000, it is a necessity many individuals cannot afford.

Furthermore, the process of even obtaining a prosthetic limb can take a few weeks to a few months. This mostly due to the fact that prosthetics need to be tailor made to an individuals exact size requirements. However since 3D printing is becoming an affordable option for prosthetics, with some less than $200, the idea of someone being able to create a prosthetic from the comforts of their own home is becoming a reality.

In the future, prosthetics will be integrated seamlessly into people’s everyday lives with little to no effort. Upcoming 3D scanning and body modeling companies will help individuals easily, and cost effectively, scan limbs to make a more natural fitting prosthetic. 3D Printers are also becoming well suited with a variety of different material, such as lightweight titanium, which increases strength and durability.

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