Artificial limbs absolutely suitable clients from a soft fabric – revolution in medicine
Where you can behold now 3D the press? Models and models, various products, clothes, architecture and a car – 3D the press everywhere. But, surely, the bigger and revolutionary potential is put in possibilities which are offered by development in the field of medicine. To 3D it is necessary to wait for publications some more years, but artificial limbs already become reality.
Possibility 3D to print artificial limbs which absolutely correspond to personal needs and features of each patient, can mean that each patient can receive the latest functional hand, a foot or foot for only some days. At all this cost will essentially decrease. This video from Fripp Design & Research shows that it is possible 3D to print artificial limbs from soft fabrics: noses, ears and lips which are heavy for distinguishing from the real. They completely coincide with skin color of the patient.
Located in the center of the advanced production technologies in Sheffield, Great Britain, Fripp Design & Research offers various services in conceptual and industrial design of products, also to development of products and research. The project described in video, is a part of the joint project with Institute of Sheffield, which purpose: to show possibility of production of artificial limbs from soft fabrics, also automatic process for implementation of orders by means of technologies 3D of the press. The project received a grant in the size? 500 000 from Wellcome Trust, the world famous charity foundation directed on improvement of human health and animals, on development of economically available decisions for the British patients.
Long-awaited step forward
Doctor Ric van Noort from Institute of Sheffield declared: «Present production technologies of artificial limbs became outdated. Process means mold manufacturing, later form manufacturing, a coloring manually and adjustment. On it a lot of time and money» leaves. There should be other way, and Fripp D&R found it. The system which they developed, means introduction color 2D pictures and 3D spatial data, but everything can shortly exchange, because cost 3D scanners continues to decrease, and their quality grows. Thus, there will be a possibility to a meeting to receive colors and forms in 3D. Later model print by means of the advanced system working at base of powder materials, from 100 % of biocompatible materials.
Pluses of this process are huge: there is no need to use molds, process of production of artificial limbs is accelerated, it is possible to receive a qualitative artificial limb by means of the 1st pressing of the button. For workers of the sphere of medicine it means possibility to reduce cost of production, also to help bigger number of people with limited possibilities. Revolution in medicine already in literal sense at us on a nose.