When we encountered 3D printed arms this year at Roboticon, we knew it was just a matter of time before the concept caught on big. The idea is that, with a 3D printer, someone can print all of the parts to produce a functioning prosthetic arm. The group we spoke to, Enabling The Future, paired up people with printers with people who needed the limbs.
This year at CES, MakerBot Director of Public Relations Jenifer Howard talked about her experience with the Robohand project, who similarly built a prosthetic hand for someone with 3D printed parts. She also talked about MakerBot's other implementations in the medical industry, where physicians are using printers every day to create unique parts and pieces for patients all over the world.
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