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3D Printers Take Prosthetic Limbs to a New Level

It is hard to think about the real life-changing impact a lost limb or birth defect can have on a child’s development and future. We can often count on one hand the amount of exposure we have to amputees, especially children. Did you know, child congenital limb deficiencies outnumber acquired losses 2:1 and eighty percent of all child amputees 

have only one limb involved? Surprisingly, out of these children, 54% were left amputees and males outnumbered females 3:2.

Did you know, child congenital limb deficiencies outnumber acquired losses 2:1 and eighty percent of all child amputees have only one limb involved? Surprisingly, out of these children, 54% were left amputees and males outnumbered females 3:2.

But, this article is not about feeling sad for amputees, it’s about showcasing the heroes who are helping provide amputees with the best access to prosthetics by utilizing the latest innovation in 3D modeling and 3D printing.

Team Unlimbited has created an innovative method to produce prosthetic limbs for children with 3D printers. Drew Murray and Stephen David are a dynamic duo working together to produce lightweight prosthetics that include personalized design, to drive positive morale among amputee children.

Stephen Davis was born without a left hand, and when he finally decided to try using a prosthetic arm, he was disappointed by the aesthetics and versatility available. Stephen’s colleague Drew Murray reacted by designing and building Stephen a prosthetic arm using a 3D printer.

Stephen has traveled the world sharing the story of Team Unlimbited’s unique prosthetics. One great benefit to using a 3D printer in their production process is the ability to create prosthetic limbs for children inexpensively. The material used by 3D printers to create 3D models is reasonably priced in contrast to other production methods.  Another advantage is that children outgrow prosthetics fairly quickly and need an inexpensive solution for multiple stages of growth.

Here are a few of the awesome prosthetics Team Unlimbited produced for children around the world.