Monday, July 17, 2017

Extremity created with 3D printing

The NHS has started a clinical trial of the usage of bionic hands produced with a 3D printer.

Independent: NHS launches world's first trial of 3D printed bionic hands for children

The bionic hand will be available for children who took an amputation. Currently, creating an artificial hand costs 60,000 GBP. But the new technique will make a lighter hand for only 5,000.

Interestingly, some companies such as Disney are collaborative with this project. Child patients will choose an artificial hand featuring Iron Man.

So far, it is said that a 3D printing technology will be adaptable to medical use. Human parts are various among persons. 3D printing can copy your body parts with ease. But there are several challenges before its realization.

If this clinical trial is successful, we will check the longitudinal safety. Since limbs can be removable, they are easier to control compared to inner organs such as bone.

I hope the patients will benefit from this innovation.

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