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3D Printing Is Helping Amputees Make Their Own Prosthetics

3D Printing Is Helping Amputees Make Their Own Prosthetics

Written by Paul

December 21, 2020

Millions of people worldwide wear prosthetics, either because they’ve lost limbs to accidents or to illnesses like diabetes, or because they were born without them. So-called aesthetic prosthetics mimic the appearance of arms, hands and legs, but are not very practical. Other prosthetic options don’t look realistic but are more functional. Either way, artificial limbs are expensive.

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An aesthetic prosthetic can go for about €4,000 (£3,600), while high-tech models can cost up to €100,000 (£90,000). While each case is unique, the healthcare system in France generally helps amputees cover the costs. The UK has a similar system, but in countries like the US – where many people are uninsured, or at the mercy of private insurance companies – the costs often fall on the user. “We’re extremely lucky here, compared to the rest of the world,” said Jean-Pascal Hons-Olivier from […]

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