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Affordable Prosthetics Through 3D Printing

Written by Paul

September 25, 2018

The past decade has seen 3D printing go from a novelty to a disruptive technology. Bridging the gap between prototyping and production, what has been a niche technology up until this point appears to be assuming a larger role in many industries. Improvements in materials, software and printing technology are leading to more options, faster printing and lower costs. A diverse range of companies such as Nike, Amazon, Ford and Airbus have all incorporated 3D printing in-house. One industry that is starting to see significant benefits from the technology is prosthetics. 3D-printed prosthetic hands can cost as little as $50. Prosthetics is a growing market that is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 5.7% over the next seven years. By 2025, the global market is expected to be worth roughly $2.8 billion. In the United States, patients can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 […]


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