3D printed prostheses are fast becoming a more accepted and viable option, and they’re about to become competitive.
This is Denise Schindler, a paralympian and leg amputee from Germany. She won a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She unfortunately lost the lower part of her right leg as a child, and uses a prosthetic leg specially designed to work with her bicycle.
Working with Autodesk Product Designer Paul Sohi, they are developing a prosthetic limb that’s entirely 3D printed, to be used in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. It’s said to be the first to compete in the games.
“This is going to be the world’s first prosthetic at the Paralympics that has been 3D printed,” says Sohi. “We’re at a stage technology-wise to initiate a paradigm shift in this industry.”