3D printed prothetics offers the luxury of designing flexible and customized prosthetic limbs without costing a fortune.
Fremont, CA: Since its formal introduction in the manufacturing processes, 3D printing has gained rapid popularity over a short period. Such fervor around 3D printing has also seen its implementation in deeper as well as newer areas of manufacturing. One such vertical where 3D printing has brought exceptional change over the past few months is the field of prosthetics. With almost thousands of people dealing with amputations every year, the introduction of affordable and reliable 3D printed prosthetics options has been able to reform many lives. For instance, unlike traditional prosthetics, this modern technology offers mobility to amputees. These limbs are more flexible and can perform activities like walking, running, picking things up, etc. This not only boosts self-confidence in people but also essentially helps in emotional healing. Similarly, prosthetics are now being manufactured by lightweight materials like titanium which can ensure more strength and durability.
Apart from this, there are several other advantages for 3D printed prosthetic limbs, particularly in the arena of pediatric prosthetics. It has, so far, been quite expensive to design and build prosthetics for children according to their growth rate. Traditional prosthetics methods made it quite impossible for families to provide for the unique needs of their children. 3D printed prothetics offers the luxury of designing flexible and customized prosthetic limbs without costing a fortune. When compared to traditional prosthetic manufacturing, 3D printing has a significant upper hand in terms of expenses.
That being said, there is scope for more innovative growth in this field. There will be technological advancements in the near future, including integrated sensors, propulsion systems, and sophisticated algorithms that can automate the mechanics of a natural joint movement. This process, named predictive movement, can facilitate limbs to mimic natural movements and can be controlled by the brain using natural touch input systems.