Is there anything that can’t be achieved with a 3D printer and a little imagination? 2 year-old Emma suffers from Arthrogryposis, meaning she can’t lift her arms. Researchers decided to print an exoskeleton for her. What better use for this technology is there?
Researchers at a Delaware hospital 3D printed a custom assistive device that lets Emma color, hug and play. The 3D printed WREX is durable enough for everyday use, so Emma wears it at home, at preschool, and during occupational therapy. She calls them her “magic arms.” And the design flexibility of 3D printing lets researchers continually improve upon the device — they’ve now made custom WREX arms for at least 15 kids. [stratasys]