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3D-printed prosthetics promise cheap robot limbs for all

Tim Hornyak | June 9, 2015
If you lose your hand in an accident, a prosthetic could cost well over US$10,000. But 3D printing holds out the promise of making simple replacement hands available for far less.

The company recently received a $200,000 grant from Google, made via prosthetics startup Mission Arm, to develop its idea. The search giant also funded the E-Nable project to create even simpler 3D-printed hands for kids who have a palm and some degree of wrist motion.

Exiii plans to use its funds to help make the Hackberry a lot more robust so it's ready for mass adoption. The cost hasn't been decided yet but the company will push it on a nonprofit basis.

"I could see these being made by people around the world, using 3D printers set up in each town," Kondo said, adding that regulations for medical devices would have to be fully met for the project to be successful.

 

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