Teen Uses 3D Printer to Make Robotic Prosthetic Arms for $500 - This is the work of 17-year-old Easton LaChappelle from Colorado. He has used a 3D printer to create a fully functional prosthetic arm and hand that comes with robotic technology. The hand can grip and hold things; even cooler, the 3D-printed robotic prosthetic arm can cost less than $500 to make. | Mobilemag
Astuko winced as the wires in her new leg connected to those on her leg. Still, she gritted her teeth and closed her eyes, as the nails bored into her thigh. "That's the last one," she told her friends as it adjusted. She felt nervous: this was the first time she'd made her own prosthetics, instead of her mom or BayMax making them.
3D printing has become an incredibly powerful tool to customize one-off products for differing applications. This project was based on using this technology to design a customized prosthetic leg for a specific user- a young, urban, male athlete. Nike was chosen as an appropriate brand to bring form to the leg. It also required familiarizing oneself with the emotional, medical, lifestyle, and physical changes the user would encounter. Designer: Colin Matsco (Link)