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The $100 3D-Printed Artificial Limb 86

Posted by Soulskill
from the i'll-order-a-dozen dept.
harrymcc writes "In 2012, TIME wrote about Daniel Omar, a 14-year-old in South Sudan who lost both arms to a bomb dropped by his own government. Mick Ebeling of Not Impossible Labs read the story, was moved — and went to Sudan, where he set up a 3D printing lab which can produce an artificial arm for $100. Omar and others have received them, and Ebeling hopes that other organizations around the world will adopt his open-source design to help amputees, many of whom will never receive more conventional prosthetics."
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The $100 3D-Printed Artificial Limb

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  • by The Grim Reefer (1162755) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @06:25PM (#45892439)
    It would be interesting to know how long these printed artificial limbs will hold up compared to a conventional prosthetic limb. It would also be interesting to know how much a conventional prosthetic could be made for w/o all of the overhead. I realize that in the US there's a ton of money dumped into testing, trials, FDA approval, lawyers and fear of being sued. But why can't conventional prosthetic limbs be made in countries like this without all of the legal BS? Obviously they can be printed w/o it. I don't know what the average yearly wage is in Sudan, but $100 could be a rather sizable amount of money. Regardless, good for Mr. Ebeling for trying to make a difference.
  • Durability (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jklovanc (1603149) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @06:26PM (#45892441)

    I wonder how long those limbs last under the hard use they will be put through.

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