Additive Manufacturing Strategies

3D Systems Prints First Robotic Exoskeleton, Enables Woman to Walk Again

ST Medical Devices

Share this Article

After years in a wheelchair, Amanda Boxtel, was ready to walk again. After a tragic accident, nearly 12 years ago, Amanda took an unfortunate fall while skiing in Aspen, Colorado. The fall left her paralyzed from the waste exo2 down, and of course unable to walk. After 12 years in a wheelchair something incredible has happened.

3D systems, the worlds largest 3D printer company, has designed and printed, with the help of a company called Ekso Bionics, the very first hybrid robotic exoskeleton, in which Amanda was the first test subject. The exoskeleton was shown off at a Singularity University-hosted event in Budapest, Hungary.

In a display straight out of something imagined in a science fiction novel, Amanda was able to stand up tall, with the help of two cane like devices, and walk, in very much, exo-1normal fashion. Told she would never walk again, technology and willpower has shown us all to never give up.

“I believe that the most beautiful and functional designs have already been patented by nature, and inspired by Amanda’s incredible spirit. We were able to harness nature’s beauty with 3D printed functionality and freedom of creation to allow her body and spirit to soar,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems.

In order for the team to make sure the device fit perfectly on Amanda’s body, they used sophisticated 3D scanners to capture her every curve. They then printed out the exoskeleton with 3D System’s printers, and Ekso Bionics integrated their actuators and controls into the skeleton.

“After years of dreaming about it, I am deeply grateful and thrilled to be making history by walking tall in the first ever 3D printed Ekso-Suit, made specifically for me. This project represents the triumph of human creativity and technology that converged to restore my authentic functionality in a stunningly beautiful, fashionable and organic design,” said Amanda Boxtel

Discuss this Amazing story here: https://3dprintboard.com/showthread.php?1857-World-s-First-Robotic-Exoskeleton-3D-Printed

Share this Article


Recent News

Carbon’s Next Gen 3D Printers Smoother and Faster with 4K Light Engine

Quantum Computing Boosted by Nanoscribe’s New Microscale 3D Printer



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Photocentric Expands with New 3D Printer, Materials, and Partnerships

Photocentric is the inventor of, and leader in, 3D printing based on LCD screen technology. Based in Cambridgeshire, UK and Arizona, US, the company has a patent in visible light...

Featured

Electronics 3D Printing: Analysis of Rogers Corp’s New Dielectric Material for AM

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) has launched its Radix 3D Printable Dielectrics series of products at the IPC APEX EXPO 2022 currently taking place in San Diego. The materials signify an important...

To End Animal Testing, BICO & CCS Push FDA Modernization Act

As the world continues developing alternatives to animal testing like bioprinting, in vitro models of human tissues, and predictive computer models, the demand for live animal testing has become outdated...

$2M in Electronics 3D Printers Sold to Military Customer by Optomec

While we’re still not able to 3D print an entire iPhone at once, electronics 3D printing may be progressing more quickly than most people might notice. A pioneer in this...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.