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Continuing our coverage of 3D printing at SOLIDWORKS World 2018, 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys and French software developer Dassault Systèmes have announced that they will be jointly powering Unlimited Tomorrow, a personalized prosthetics startup founded by inventor Easton LaChapelle.
As part of the collaboration, Stratasys will provide 3D printing technology to Unlimited Tomorrow, while Dassault Systèmes will become the initiative’s dedicated CAD supplier.
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10 year old Momo Sutton, the first recipient of a 3D printed prosthesis from Unlimited Tomorrow. Photo via Unlimited Tomorrow.
Currently, high-end prosthetic limbs cost between $20,000 and $100,000. For young users, this is especially challenging, since they outgrow models and require new devices.
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Unlimited Tomorrow aims to shift the focus from mass production of prosthetics to the recipient, and manufacture custom 3D printed robotic arms from scalable models.
The robotic arms are based on designs that Easton LaChapelle has been creating since the age of 14. In 2013, LaChapelle demonstrated a robotic arm at his TEDx talk, which cost $400 to manufacture thanks to 3D printing.
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Early robotic arms have since evolved into realistic 3D printed limbs. They can stand up to 10 lb of force on each finger, contain a counterbalance, have individual finger control, and offer haptic feedback. They also feature muscle sensors, machine learning, AI capabilities, and 3-4 days of battery.
“Unlimited Tomorrow is driven by enabling the possible, with unique thinking that results in absolutely incredible ideas,” said LaChapelle. “Our intent is always ‘user-first’, meaning the technology serves needs of patients from the outset – and it’s all driven by the most advanced technology.”
Arm - Features - Fittings - LaChapelle
An arm with these features costs around $5000 and multiple fittings are no longer required since LaChapelle...
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