3D printing prosthetic limbs is changing lives in the Sudan
3 years ago
Tom Baker Quib.ly Staff Writer Derby, UK
You can do plenty of wonderful things with 3D printers, but one organisation is putting the revolutionary tech to truly important work: providing low-cost, high-quality prosphetic limbs to victims of war in Sudan.
Not Impossible Labs are a Californian company started to use tech to create good, cheap, open source solutions to medical problems. And so they pioneered the EyeWriter, which allowed paralysed graffiti artist Tempt One draw with his eyes.
They have now turned their attention to the Sudan, setting up in a small hospital to offer propshetic limbs that are more rudimentary than the sort of stuff currently being tested in the US, but are a heck of a lot cheaper and easier to make. Not Impossible have since handed production onto trained locals who have continued to make limbs and have shared the specifications and designs of the limbs online, for everyone to use. Now that's what makes 3D printers revolutionary.