3D Printing is rapidly evolving many industries across the world and one of the most notable examples is the medium’s contribution to the medical industry. 3D printed prosthetics are just one of the many ways in which 3D printing has aided the industry. With children, in particular, seeing the benefits of this production method, we have rounded up some of the advantages of 3D printing a prosthetic limb.
A traditional prosthetic can be expensive and often leaves those in need worried about the cost. However, 3D printing provides an affordable alternative. As the CAD design work can be easily altered and 3D printing is a low-cost production method, they offer many a practical alternative to bionic hands.
3D printed prosthetics can be made quickly, especially in comparison to the traditional alternatives. Once the design has been tried and tested, it is likely that prosthetic limbs can be 3D printed within a day. Traditional prosthetics can take weeks or even months to produce, and this is without the medical waiting lists that many have to sit through.
With 3D printing, prosthetics can be made to meet their individual needs and preferences. Whether you would prefer a simple customised colour or you need your 3D printed prosthetic to function in a specific way, CAD and 3D Printing allow you to create a design that meets specific requirements and that can be easily customised.
Alongside this, 3D printers are becoming compatible with more materials every day, including lightweight titanium for increased durability. With this in mind, the future of 3D printed prosthetics is incredibly exciting.
The average lifespan of a traditional prosthetic is around 5 years, however, with the rate in which children grow this means that they require replacement prosthetics much more frequently. Taking cost into consideration, this could put a huge burden on families. However, with the ease of production and reduced cost, reproducing a 3D printed prosthetic is less of a problem.
Regular prosthetics are not always the most comfortable for their wearers, with 100% of amputees claiming to have experienced discomfort. 3D printing aims to provide the ultimate solution. Using CAD services and the anatomical data of the wearer, designers are able to create a socket for the prosthetic that fits perfectly. Prosthetics will also become more comfortable by using multi-material 3D printing methods to create more natural sockets that better interface with the human body.
To see our latest work with 3D printed prosthetics, check out our latest case study. For more information about how we can help you and the range of services that we offer, give us a call on 0333 335 0150 and our team will be happy to chat to you about everything from 3D printing to 3D printer repairs.