Advances in 3D Printed Prosthetic Limbs

3D Printing Proves Itself Invaluable to War Veterans and the Medical Industry in a Myriad of Ways

At Rainbow Medical Supplies, we are always on the lookout for the latest news and updates on advances in the medical supply industry. One invention that is truly revolutionizing the medical industry is the increasing popular application of 3D printing. What has once been viewed as a form of futuristic and space-age technology, is now becoming more widespread and commonplace. Recently, 3D printing has lent a helping hand to a wounded war veteran, who was injured while serving in Afghanistan.

While away on military duty, Taylor, an American soldier lost all four of his limbs when he was the victim of an IED blast. As a quadruple amputee, he had to find a way to adjust to the prosthetic limbs available to him. While these items did provide assistance in completing daily tasks, there was still something lacking, in terms of the range of mobility and ease of use. Luckily, Taylor recently had the distinction of being the first wounded soldier to receive a 3D printed bionic hand, which was created by a friend of his named Neal, who happens to be an engineer. By using an open-source, robotic hand design tool, he was able to complete and print the design in a mere two months’ time! Taylor is now able to enjoy the use of a bionic arm that is both cheaper and easier to use than the prosthetic alternatives on the market.

If 3D printing continues to be used within the medical industry, countless patients can enjoy a fuller, richer life with the use of bionic limbs that feel and move more like real body parts, for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the time required for creation. With its lower cost and faster production, not to mention smaller carbon footprint, 3D printing is undeniably valuable in countless different ways, for both the medical industry and beyond. At Rainbow Medical Supply, our team can’t wait to see what type of advances continue to develop as the technology improves!

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