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New Processes May Change How Prosthetics Are Designed

The New York Times recently reported on a new manufacturing process called 3-D printing that may revolutionize how customized prosthetics are made – resulting, as the article claims, in artificial limbs that are dishwasher-safe.

Scott Summit, a co-founder of Bespoke, and his partner, an orthopedic surgeon, are set to open a studio this fall where they will sell the limb coverings and experiment with printing entire customized limbs that could cost a tenth of comparable artificial limbs made using traditional methods. And they will be dishwasher-safe, too.

“I wanted to create a leg that had a level of humanity,” Mr. Summit said. “It’s unfortunate that people have had a product that’s such a major part of their lives that was so underdesigned.”

 

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