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3-D Printing Prosthetic Hands That Are Anything but Ordinary

From NYT:

The Rivermans, of Forest Grove, Ore., could not afford a high-tech prosthetic hand for their son, and in any event they are rarely made for children. Then help arrived in the guise of a stranger with a three-dimensional printer…

State-of-the-art prosthetic replacements are complicated medical devices, powered by batteries and electronic motors, and they can cost thousands of dollars. Even if children are able to manage the equipment, they grow too quickly to make the investment practical. So most do without, fighting to do with one hand what most of us do with two…

The materials for a 3-D-printed prosthetic hand can cost as little as $20 to $50, and some experts say they work just as well, if not better, than much costlier devices. Best of all, boys and girls usually love their D.I.Y. prosthetics.

New York Times

This is just the beginning. 3D printing is still in its infancy and will surely get better and cheaper. Imagine taking a CBCT image and printing a denture while you wait. Or printing a filling from a quick impression scan.

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