These 3D-Printed Prosthetics Lend New Abilities to Amputees

By: Katherine Pendrill - Aug 26, 2015
References: jamesdysonaward.org & mashable
Joel Gibbard recently won the James Dyson Award for his superhero-inspired robotic hands. While there are a number of options available for amputees, these prosthetic devices can be extremely costly. Gibbard wanted to design a new set of prosthetics that would cost substantially less to produce.

Gibbard designed a pair of low-cost robotic hands that are inspired by the comic books he read as a child. He produced the futuristic set of hands by using a high-tech 3D printer. This particular production method not only means a lower cost for consumer, but also a shorter wait time. As Gibbard explains, "by using 3D scanning and 3D printing we can radically reduce this waiting time."

Thus far, Gibbard has helped design 10 pairs of the robotic hands and already has orders to produce several more.