More 3D (No Glasses Required-Just Give Me A Hand)
May 17, 2014
Jose Delgado Jr. Jose, 53 year old
was born without most of his left hand and in the past year
he had been using a prosthetic hand that costs $42,000
which he paid about half out of pocket.
Well 3D is becoming like healthcare and startup in more ways than one. I’ve seen all three written with a hyphen or space between them; and, while it’s not so confusing for readers it is a little for writers (or someone who tries to write). So, just as I decided that since my former industry of healthcare and startups couldn’t make up their minds, I’m going to do the same for 3D and go it without hyphens or spaces. One problem solved now only 100 million more to go! Phew!
There are some parts of tech that I dislike like when a product doesn’t have a built in revenue stream (it’s the marketer/sales in me) and why apps like WhatsApp confuse and frustrate me. The part of tech I love is innovation as it relates to healthcare. Again if Google understood how to market Glass it would have fallen in the second part and why I love tech; but, it didn’t because Google didn’t know their market and that technology has fallen into Glasshole hell for me.
The combination of 3D and healthcare is amazing when you read stories like this: 3D Printer Hand for $50 Outperforms $42,000 Device; Advances in 3D Printing Entire Arms and Brain Tissue Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis
Students at the Washington University in St. Louis has built a robotic prosthetic arm for thirteen-year-old Sydney Kendall who lost her right arm in a boating accident when she was six years old.
Using a computer program and a 3D printer, Kendall Gretsch, Henry Lather and Kranti Peddada, seniors studying biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, created a robotic prosthetic arm out of bright-pink plastic. Each part of the robotic hand and arm is made individually. It took about 20 minutes to print the small parts, and an hour to make larger parts. The whole project took about 13-15 hours to print. Total cost is only $200, while normally a prosthetic would cost a minimum of $6,000.
3D printing is changing healthcare and if you liked this story you may also like: 3D Printing not Just for Medicine Anymore