3D-Printing Benefits Veterans

3D-printing is benefiting veterans in great ways. First, it is a field that offers them new skills and holds promise for gainful employment for them. And through 3D-printing, wounded vets are also able to get prosthetics to rebuild lost parts of their bodies, as a result of their stint in the battlefield, or due to some diseases.

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In a six-week 3D Veterans program at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas, Munch (retired U.S. Army Major Joshua Munch) built a prototype device that clips on the lip of a cup and has two holes to keep a straw stationary.In the pilot program this fall,3D Veterans trained 15 vets in 3D printing, design and additive manufacturing. The organization prepares participants for the changing employment landscape by helping them make assistive products for disabled veterans. - Read more at:

As the aforementioned article reported, with the support of the government and private enterprise, 3D-printing will go a long way in impacting the lives of over 400 veterans and transitioning service members through programs that will teach them 3D printing and manufacturing. In turn, this will also medically benefit wounded and/or disabled veterans.

Months earlier, a veteran, who happens to be a cancer survivor, was fitted with a facial prosthetic.

A cancer survivor and Vietnam veteran who lost half his face during radiation treatment has received a 3D-printed jaw. Grandfather-of-three Shirley Anderson, 68, was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 1998. To combat the disease, doctors in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana, inserted a radium implant into his jaw.Read more:

Here’s about another 3D-printing organization that helps wounded veterans rebuild their lives and lost facial parts. It has been doing so since 2013.

According to Navy Capt. Gerald Grant, the 3D Medical Applications Center of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, US, encompasses an entire floor, featuring some of the finest 3D Printing equipment in the Defense Department. They use it to create all kinds of customized prosthetics for soldiers wounded in IED blasts. – Read more at:

Still, there is another big challenge for Grant’s team: fine-turning the prosthesis so that the wounded soldier looks as close as possible to the way he or she did before the injury. “We use posttraumatic scans, so we know what they look like after they’ve been injured,” Grant says. “A lot of times, if someone has an injury on the left side (of their face) we can mirror the right side, overlay it, and rebuild. When people have midfacial fractures, you can’t really do that.”Read more at:

3D-printing indeed impacts industries and human lives in countless ways. For sure, more possibilities are in the offing with this fast-evolving technology.

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