3d printed assistive devices

3D Printed Splints & Braces: Just As Effective & Comfortable, Cheaper & Faster to Make

3D Printed Splints & Braces: Just As Effective & Comfortable, Cheaper & Faster to Make

University of Nebraska researcher James Pierce has delved further into the potential for 3D printed assistive devices in ‘Efficacy of Assistive Devices Produced with Additive Manufacturing.’ He begins by stating that it is surprising there have not been more previous ventures into the use of devices like 3D printed splints and casts, despite the obvious […]

University of Nebraska researcher James Pierce has delved further into the potential for 3D printed assistive devices in ‘Efficacy of Assistive Devices Produced with Additive Manufacturing.’ He begins by stating that it is surprising there have not been more previous...
Project Nitrous Uses 3D Printing to Help People with Disabilities In Egypt

Project Nitrous Uses 3D Printing to Help People with Disabilities In Egypt

In 2016, Mohamed El-Hossary and Ahmed Mohsen were running a 3D printing service and marketplace called Etba3ly. When they decided to attend a Maker Faire, things changed for them. At the faire, El-Hossary met Jon Schull, CEO of e-NABLE, which famously makes 3D printed prosthetic hands for those in need around the world. The meeting made […]

In 2016, Mohamed El-Hossary and Ahmed Mohsen were running a 3D printing service and marketplace called Etba3ly. When they decided to attend a Maker Faire, things changed for them. At the faire, El-Hossary met Jon Schull, CEO of e-NABLE, which famously makes 3D printed...
Customizable 3D Printed Contactors Give Disabled People Access to Technology

Customizable 3D Printed Contactors Give Disabled People Access to Technology

3D printing has become an invaluable way of helping people with disabilities. It’s an inexpensive method of creating assistive devices that can be easily personalized to the user, and many people, from professional occupational therapists to everyday makers, have taken advantage of the technology to create inventive devices to help those in need. Pôle-Ergo is a group […]

3D printing has become an invaluable way of helping people with disabilities. It’s an inexpensive method of creating assistive devices that can be easily personalized to the user, and many people, from professional occupational therapists to everyday makers,...
Winston-Salem State University Explores 3D Printing for Occupational Therapy

Winston-Salem State University Explores 3D Printing for Occupational Therapy

In the medical world, 3D printing is becoming widespread over various fields and sectors, including occupational therapy. As an example, several medical professionals are discovering that 3D printed splints or casts are preferable to traditional plaster, as they allow breathability, comfort, light weight and custom fit. In addition, 3D scanners can capture parts of the […]

In the medical world, 3D printing is becoming widespread over various fields and sectors, including occupational therapy. As an example, several medical professionals are discovering that 3D printed splints or casts are preferable to traditional plaster, as they allow...
3D Printing News Briefs: June 15, 2018

3D Printing News Briefs: June 15, 2018

We’re covering news from the medical and automotive worlds in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, along with a few other stories to get you into the weekend. In Taiwan, ITRI and Mackay Memorial Hospital are working together to 3D print medical devices, and the BMW Group has 3D printed customized radiator covers for the motorcycles […]

We’re covering news from the medical and automotive worlds in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, along with a few other stories to get you into the weekend. In Taiwan, ITRI and Mackay Memorial Hospital are working together to 3D print medical devices, and...
Russian Amputee Uses 3D Printed Lever to Set New World Record in Deep Sea Diving

Russian Amputee Uses 3D Printed Lever to Set New World Record in Deep Sea Diving

3D printing is often called upon to help create assistive devices and prosthetics, so that people with disabilities and amputated limbs can still participate in the activities they enjoy. Earlier this month, a Russian para-athlete diver named Dmitry Pavlenko, who lost both his arms and his legs in a grenade explosion while in the military, set […]

3D printing is often called upon to help create assistive devices and prosthetics, so that people with disabilities and amputated limbs can still participate in the activities they enjoy. Earlier this month, a Russian para-athlete diver named Dmitry Pavlenko, who lost...
Makers for Heroes Make-a-Thon Uses 3D Printing to Help Veterans Get Their Lives Back

Makers for Heroes Make-a-Thon Uses 3D Printing to Help Veterans Get Their Lives Back

A 33-year-old veteran named Zarita used to love to dance, but since her injury in a car accident on the way to her duty station, she has suffered from dizziness and loss of balance, leaving her unable to dance for fear of falling. She needed some kind of stabilizing device that would allow her to […]

A 33-year-old veteran named Zarita used to love to dance, but since her injury in a car accident on the way to her duty station, she has suffered from dizziness and loss of balance, leaving her unable to dance for fear of falling. She needed some kind of stabilizing...
3D Printing in Point of Care Manufacturing

3D Printing in Point of Care Manufacturing

Manufacturing is evolving, taking new forms enabled by additive manufacturing/3D printing (AM3DP). For medicine, AM3DP has fueled a rise in point-of-care (POC) manufacturing, improving the patient, and turning doctors into manufacturers. POC manufacturing is not new. As far back as 1976, POC manufacturing used more traditional manufacturing methods at the Hospital for Special Surgery in […]

Manufacturing is evolving, taking new forms enabled by additive manufacturing/3D printing (AM3DP). For medicine, AM3DP has fueled a rise in point-of-care (POC) manufacturing, improving the patient, and turning doctors into manufacturers. POC manufacturing is not new....
Students Use 3D Printing to Help Veterans Do What They Love Again

Students Use 3D Printing to Help Veterans Do What They Love Again

Among the things Richard Tuttle missed the most after he lost the use of his legs was gardening. The veteran was paralyzed after falling 14 feet while deconstructing an old barn. “Before my injury, I was quite the gardener,” he said. “I raised my own green beans — canned them. Raised tomatoes — canned them. […]

Among the things Richard Tuttle missed the most after he lost the use of his legs was gardening. The veteran was paralyzed after falling 14 feet while deconstructing an old barn. “Before my injury, I was quite the gardener,” he said. “I raised my own...
Tough 3D Printing Puts Outdoorsy Spin on Rugged Icon Wheelchairs

Tough 3D Printing Puts Outdoorsy Spin on Rugged Icon Wheelchairs

Today, it often seems like anything should be possible with the advanced technology so many researchers, inventors, and designers have at their fingertips. And many innovations are allowing the disabled to add to their quality of life—including those who rely on wheelchairs. We’ve seen such devices created via 3D printing for everyday use, Paralympics racing, […]

Today, it often seems like anything should be possible with the advanced technology so many researchers, inventors, and designers have at their fingertips. And many innovations are allowing the disabled to add to their quality of life—including those who rely on...
Shiro Studio’s 3D Printed Walking Stick is Both Attractive and Comfortable

Shiro Studio’s 3D Printed Walking Stick is Both Attractive and Comfortable

Many people have to rely on walking sticks to get around, due to injury, illness or advanced age. Very few people, if any, however, are happy about relying on walking sticks. They can certainly be something to celebrate if you’re recovering from an injury and have improved enough to move forward from a wheelchair or […]

Many people have to rely on walking sticks to get around, due to injury, illness or advanced age. Very few people, if any, however, are happy about relying on walking sticks. They can certainly be something to celebrate if you’re recovering from an injury and...
Make to Care 2017 Contest Calls for Projects, Finalists to Attend Maker Faire Rome

Make to Care 2017 Contest Calls for Projects, Finalists to Attend Maker Faire Rome

While the Make to Care contest is one that instills a sense of healthy competition in young creators around the world—as well as inspiring them to innovate—it is also one that brings forth inventions capable of changing the lives of individuals in need. Last year, the Make to Care initiative called for entrants to design […]

While the Make to Care contest is one that instills a sense of healthy competition in young creators around the world—as well as inspiring them to innovate—it is also one that brings forth inventions capable of changing the lives of individuals in need. Last year, the...
3D Printing to Learn: Winners Announced for Envision the Future Design Challenge

3D Printing to Learn: Winners Announced for Envision the Future Design Challenge

After the stunning success of the Within Reach 3D Design Challenge brought about impressive winning designs in 2016, e-NABLE, MatterHackers, and Pinshape wanted to keep going, and see what would happen with new challenges that pushed the maker community to find ways to improve the lives of others. The three teamed up with LulzBot, and launched the […]

After the stunning success of the Within Reach 3D Design Challenge brought about impressive winning designs in 2016, e-NABLE, MatterHackers, and Pinshape wanted to keep going, and see what would happen with new challenges that pushed the maker community to find ways...
Human-Computer Interaction Institute 3D Prints Special Prosthesis for Young Cello Player

Human-Computer Interaction Institute 3D Prints Special Prosthesis for Young Cello Player

According to the Wohlers Report 2016, the 3D printing industry was over $5.1 billion back in 2015, and it’s continued to grow into the $10 billion a year industry it is now. But it hasn’t fulfilled everything we thought it would – the 3D printing hype has slowed down, and most people have now realized that […]

According to the Wohlers Report 2016, the 3D printing industry was over $5.1 billion back in 2015, and it’s continued to grow into the $10 billion a year industry it is now. But it hasn’t fulfilled everything we thought it would – the 3D printing...
Envision the Future: Design a 3D Printed Educational Model for the Visually Impaired

Envision the Future: Design a 3D Printed Educational Model for the Visually Impaired

Last year, a large team effort was launched by the 3D printing community to help one woman. The Within Reach 3D Design Challenge, led by MatterHackers, e-NABLE, Pinshape and Ultimaker, challenged participants to create 3D printable assisitve devices for Brandy Leigh Scott, a woman with a crippling hand condition called Dupuytrens Contracture. Of course, the contest ended […]

Last year, a large team effort was launched by the 3D printing community to help one woman. The Within Reach 3D Design Challenge, led by MatterHackers, e-NABLE, Pinshape and Ultimaker, challenged participants to create 3D printable assisitve devices for Brandy Leigh...
Designer Uses ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool 3D Printer to Develop Multifunctional Walker Prototype

Designer Uses ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool 3D Printer to Develop Multifunctional Walker Prototype

We’ve written about biomedical engineer and 3D designer Eliza Wrobel before, when she used 3D printer manufacturer ZMorph‘s 2.0 SX multitool 3D printer a few months ago to create this really cool revolving 3D printed bookshelf, just months after the printer itself had been announced. Before that, Wrobel put the ZMorph 2.0 S Hybrid printer through […]

We’ve written about biomedical engineer and 3D designer Eliza Wrobel before, when she used 3D printer manufacturer ZMorph‘s 2.0 SX multitool 3D printer a few months ago to create this really cool revolving 3D printed bookshelf, just months after the...
After State Budget Cuts, Access Independence Creates 3D Printing Business to Increase Revenue Stream, Self-Sufficiency

After State Budget Cuts, Access Independence Creates 3D Printing Business to Increase Revenue Stream, Self-Sufficiency

Receiving help is all well and good, but sometimes, you can succeed best when you learn how to help yourself. Access Independence, a Connecticut consumer-controlled nonprofit organization that provides cross-disability services to people, was afraid that its state funding would be cut when state legislators were attempting to balance the budget two years ago, as […]

Receiving help is all well and good, but sometimes, you can succeed best when you learn how to help yourself. Access Independence, a Connecticut consumer-controlled nonprofit organization that provides cross-disability services to people, was afraid that its state...
University of North Georgia, Well-Versed in 3D Printing, Opens the State’s First MakerBot Innovation Center

University of North Georgia, Well-Versed in 3D Printing, Opens the State’s First MakerBot Innovation Center

As they say in the business, the show must go on. Not long after well-known desktop 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot announced its latest major executive-level change-up, the University of North Georgia (UNG) announced that it was partnering with MakerBot to open a MakerBot Innovation Center on its Dahlonega, Georgia campus. The lab space at UNG will have […]

As they say in the business, the show must go on. Not long after well-known desktop 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot announced its latest major executive-level change-up, the University of North Georgia (UNG) announced that it was partnering with MakerBot to open a...
3D Printed Camera Rig Lets Disabled Photographer Continue to Create

3D Printed Camera Rig Lets Disabled Photographer Continue to Create

There’s a lot more to taking a beautiful photograph than simply pushing a button on a nice camera. But, if you can’t push that button at all, it’s extremely difficult to take any kind of picture at all. For years, photographer James Dunn, who is afflicted with epidermolysis bullosa, sometimes known as butterfly skin, has been […]

There’s a lot more to taking a beautiful photograph than simply pushing a button on a nice camera. But, if you can’t push that button at all, it’s extremely difficult to take any kind of picture at all. For years, photographer James Dunn, who is...
Dexterity Problems? Lace Your Shoes with 3D Printed Magnetic Closures Thanks to the Ruiz Brothers

Dexterity Problems? Lace Your Shoes with 3D Printed Magnetic Closures Thanks to the Ruiz Brothers

Noe and Pedro Ruiz, or as they’re collectively known at Adafruit, the Ruiz Brothers, never disappoint when putting together their weird, wonderful, and innovative 3D printing and electronics projects. Starting out selling their own 3D printed products on Etsy, and growing to include a Shapeways shop, a YouTube channel with 3D printing video tutorials, and […]

Noe and Pedro Ruiz, or as they’re collectively known at Adafruit, the Ruiz Brothers, never disappoint when putting together their weird, wonderful, and innovative 3D printing and electronics projects. Starting out selling their own 3D printed products on Etsy,...
Father Works with 5-Year-Old Daughter to Develop 3D Printed Robotic Brace to Help Restore the Use of Her Arm

Father Works with 5-Year-Old Daughter to Develop 3D Printed Robotic Brace to Help Restore the Use of Her Arm

While 3D printing, robotics and other new technologies have enabled medical professionals to do incredible things for patients, they’ve also made it easier for patients and families to take matters into their own hands if they’re not satisfied with conventional solutions. That was the case with Bodo Hoenen, whose five-year-old daughter Lorelei suddenly developed a […]

While 3D printing, robotics and other new technologies have enabled medical professionals to do incredible things for patients, they’ve also made it easier for patients and families to take matters into their own hands if they’re not satisfied with...
3D Printed System Turns Prosthetic Hand into Mouse

3D Printed System Turns Prosthetic Hand into Mouse

While the first image this concept conjured up was of an individual with a rodent on the end of their arm and the ensuing question: how could this be helpful? – the actuality is that Berlin Weissensee School of Art students David Kaltenbach, Lucas Rex and Maximilian Mahal are working to create 3D printed bands that […]

While the first image this concept conjured up was of an individual with a rodent on the end of their arm and the ensuing question: how could this be helpful? – the actuality is that Berlin Weissensee School of Art students David Kaltenbach, Lucas Rex and...
Winners of all Ages Announced for Within Reach 3D Design Challenge

Winners of all Ages Announced for Within Reach 3D Design Challenge

The results of one inspirational spark can be staggering when you consider it. Within the 3D printing realm, we’ve seen a technology that was created for prototyping in engineering that has now developed in a full-blown industry, offering innovations like 3D printed prosthetics —and thanks to volunteers like those associated with e-NABLE, we’re seeing children all […]

The results of one inspirational spark can be staggering when you consider it. Within the 3D printing realm, we’ve seen a technology that was created for prototyping in engineering that has now developed in a full-blown industry, offering innovations like 3D...
Beating the Odds: Adaptive Athletes Turn to WASPMedical for 3D Printed Prosthetics, Excelling in Surfing & Canoeing

Beating the Odds: Adaptive Athletes Turn to WASPMedical for 3D Printed Prosthetics, Excelling in Surfing & Canoeing

Not too long ago, I happened to glance at a social media post offering up typical reading materials for young men and women today, with a girls’ publication showing off makeup and hair and heartthrobs, while the subject matter geared toward young males seemed to revolve completely around outdoor sports. With a caption that insinuated […]

Not too long ago, I happened to glance at a social media post offering up typical reading materials for young men and women today, with a girls’ publication showing off makeup and hair and heartthrobs, while the subject matter geared toward young males seemed to...
Pôle-Ergo Creates Universal Wireless Switch to Improve Computer Access for the Disabled

Pôle-Ergo Creates Universal Wireless Switch to Improve Computer Access for the Disabled

Of all the areas that 3D printing has had an immediate effect on, the medical field seems to have benefited immensely from the emerging technology in a number of ways. Although certain innovations like bioprinting will certainly take some more development before becoming a widely adapted medical tool, one application that has found 3D printing […]

Of all the areas that 3D printing has had an immediate effect on, the medical field seems to have benefited immensely from the emerging technology in a number of ways. Although certain innovations like bioprinting will certainly take some more development before...
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