Stratasys released a video and case study today demonstrating how 3D printing helped 4-year old Emma Lavelle overcome the limitations of a congenital disorder, allowing her to use her arms for the first time.
Using a Dimension 3D printer, researchers at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Philadelphia were able to create what little Emma calls her “magic arms.” The device is a custom-designed robotic exoskeleton that enables her to conquer greatly limited joint mobility and underdeveloped muscles. Follow this link to the video, case study, and details on Emma’s story.
3D printing is touching lives worldwide, in part because of its ability to deliver personalized solutions that tackle tough human challenges.
Engineering a difference
3D printing is helping to break down barriers in man’s quest to solve some of its greatest challenges in society, science and healthcare. On the Stratasys Facebook page throughout the month of August the company is sharing stories of how designers, engineers and educators are using 3D printing for healing, exploration and teaching.
Additional videos, pictures and stories on the Stratasys Facebook page will include the use of 3D printing to bring renewable energy to remote populations in developing countries, NASA’s development of a human-piloted rover to explore Mars, and 3D printing’s role in drawing a new generation to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, including underprivileged students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.
“Some of our world’s greatest ideas are being 3D-printed,” says Scott Crump, chairman and CEO of Stratasys. “Engineers want their technical work to connect to a greater good, and 3D printing is helping them bring their ideas to fruition to improve lives and the world around us. As more people become aware of the possibilities of 3D printing, its impact outside of traditional manufacturing and design realms will continue to grow.”
3D-printing market consultancy Wohlers Associates affirms this idea in its Wohlers Report 2012, noting “As applications grow, the users of the technology grow as well. ... It seems that almost any problem involving three-dimensional objects can be solved faster and better with the use of additive manufacturing technology.”
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