That history is what makes up an exhibit put together as a collaborative effort between the Design Museum Portland and the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), entitled Bespoke Bodies. The exhibit traces history from the mid-15th century to today, with some antique prostheses that look more like props in a Tim Burton movie than something that a person would regularly wear.
But while the history of prosthetics is long and fascinating – did you know the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe had a prosthetic nose worn to replace the one he lost in a duel over mathematics? – the majority of this exhibit is centered on the contributions that 3D printing and DIY have made to prosthetics in recent years, showcasing arms that shoot glitter, superhero arms, and even prosthetics made for animals. A piece of the exhibit also displays a small part of the work done by e-NABLE, probably the most famous name in the 3D printed prosthetic provision to date. Sam Aquillano, Executive Director of Design Museum Foundation, explained the drive behind the exhibit:
“Bespoke Bodies is all about innovation and impact. At the Design Museum we’re focused on how design impacts people’s lives and this awe-inspiring work is making a difference for so many – but so few people know about it. We know people will find these incredible human stories and engineering marvels inspirational on many levels.”
As the curators of the exhibit explained, an estimated 30 – 100 million people live with limb-loss and yet only between 5 and 15% of them have access to prosthetics. This is why organizations such as e-NABLE are so important and so valuable. Their continued efforts to provide prosthetics to those in need have been, in no small way, enabled by the development of 3D printing technologies. The ability to freely disseminate the designs for their prosthetics so that they can be printed anywhere there is access to a 3D printer has exponentially expanded their impact.
The exhibit, which contains 35 case studies in contemporary prosthetics including a 3D printed toucan beak and 3D printed dog prosthetics, will be on display from February 15th to May 9th and will run along with events, such as a Paralympic viewing party, and speakers ranging from clinicians to users to community organizers.
What do you think of this news? Let us know your thoughts; join the discussion of this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts below.[Source/Images: e-NABLE]
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Stay up-to-date on all the latest news from the 3D printing industry and receive information and offers from third party vendors.
You May Also Like
Air Force Cloud One’s First 3D Printing and Advanced Manufacturing App Goes Live
Last week, the U.S. Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO) Advanced Manufacturing Program Office (AMPO) officially went live with the Part Assessment and Cost Tool (PACT), the first advanced manufacturing...
Iowa Demolishes Its First 3D Printed Home
In May 2023, the city of Muscatine, Iowa embarked on an ambitious plan to construct 3D printed homes. The weekend before Thanksgiving, the first such home was demolished. 3D rendering...
3D Printing News Briefs, November 25, 2023: Housing, Seed Funding, & More
We’re starting with additive construction news in this Thanksgiving weekend edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, and then moving on to seed funding and a Memorandum of Understanding. Finally, we’ll...
Mighty Buildings to 3D Print Visitors Center alongside Buckminster Fuller’s Dome Home
Mighty Buildings, the Oakland-based additive construction (AC) firm specializing in prefabricated, climate-resilient homes, has partnered with the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Home Not-For-Profit to 3D print a visitors center and...
Upload your 3D Models and get them printed quickly and efficiently.