5 Lives Impacted by 3D-Printing

3D-printing has a far-reaching impact on the world today, as it makes great inroads in the consumer and industrial sectors. But how does 3D-printing truly impact lives on a personal level?

 

Here are just 5 amazing individuals – among many others – whose lives have changed or been saved by the ever-growing, revolutionizing technology.

An individual’s interest in 3D-printing brings to life old school building

There’s an element of ‘big kid’ in Kyle Mackie’s newfound fascination with 3D printing, along with equal parts historian, techie, theatrical designer, and educational explorer. Here’s Mackie’s plan: He wants to reconstruct Central Public School – a scale model of it as it used to be. […] “That is one of the things that turned me on to the possibilities that 3D printing allows,” he said. “I’ve found some interesting links to the work that I’ve done in theatre.” - Read more at:

Indeed, 3D-printing is one technology that inspires one’s creativity, altruism, and sense of history.

 

A 3D-printed scale model (not the one mentioned in this article)

 

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3D-printed prosthetics give hope

The Ottawa Hospital has opened a new medical 3D printing program to make it easier and less expensive to make prosthetic limbs. David Chasse, who was left with only his thumb on his left hand after a motorcycle crash, is one of the first people to try a 3D-printed prosthetic from the new program. - Read more at:

 

Written by American Mick Ebeling, this is his story of how he used 3D-printing to help Daniel — a 12-year-old Sudanese boy who lost both his arms while protecting himself in an aerial attack. Ebeling read about the boy’s plight, decided to help. So he learned how to 3-D print a new arm for Daniel, then traveled to Sudan and taught locals to 3-D print limbs for others. - Read more:

 

See also this story of a cancer survivor, Shirley Anderson of Indiana, [who] was in great need of a prosthesis. 

 

Indeed, 3D-printed prosthetics have been a boon to countless unique individuals, as they are much cheaper, and quicker to make. Read here why.

 

Traditionally, the process of getting a prosthetic limb can take anywhere from weeks to months. Because prosthetics are such personal items, each one has to (or should) be custom-made or fit to the needs of the wearer. However, as 3D printers become more affordable, with some available for less than $200, the possibility of anyone being able to design and print a prosthetic limb in their home or local community is rapidly becoming a reality. - Read more at:

 

A human life saved by 3D-printing

“….3D printing technology can offer medicine a clearer perspective prior to operation reducing time, risk and error, thus extending the techno-medical boundary further than ever before.

The same method was used in saving Mia Gonzalez’s life in Miami, when she arrived at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital having been misdiagnosed with asthma. The doctors there created an anatomically precise 3D model of her heart…” - Read more here:

 

 

 

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