You may have seen the inspiring story in the news recently of 7-year-old Hailey Dawson of Las Vegas, Nevada throwing out first pitches at two local teams, the Orioles and the Nationals. Hailey has used a prosthetic hand to overcome Poland Syndrome, a rare condition in which she was born without much of her right hand.
Yesterday on Twitter Bleacher Report posted a video of Hailey stating that she “wants to throw out the first pitch at every MLB ballpark with her 3-D printed hand,” and multiple teams have since responded. This story showcases the very nature of not only 3D printing, but also the capabilities of combining with a strong engineering team to make these feats possible. Engineers at UNLV used Robohand, a cost-effective plastic prosthetic made in a 3-D printer as their starting point, and have adapted the hand as Hailey has grown. Her prosthetic has been updated to match the teams that she has pitched for as well.
One strength of 3D printing for prosthetics is also the fact that it can typically be created quicker than other more traditional methods. For example, in India a research team from the College of Engineering, Pune, produced an ear in just one week, whereas that project usually takes a month for artificial reproduction. 3D printing of prosthetics is more cost effective and has been shown to bring new life to animals as well. For the dog lovers out there, make sure to check out this video of Derby the dog, who was not only rescued, but given the opportunity to run thanks to his new 3D printed prosthetic legs.
At Newton, our engineers and prototyping technicians have a wide array of biomedical experiences in order to create your vision. We have worked on projects including dental prosthetics, blood composition analysis, and have engineered a fully-functional robotic hand. We are excited to engage with clients in pushing the bounds of 3D printing design and fabrication. Please contact us to let us know how we can help assist you.