3D Printed 'Magic Arms' Give a Little Girl Use of Her Limbs
Terrence O'Brien for Engadget - Aug 08, 2012
Don't get us wrong, we adore 3D printers and the whole additive manufacturing movement. But, if all you're going to get out of the ABS-jets are some companion cubes and a raptor claw, well then, we don't think there's much hope for the technology.
Thankfully there are people out there (much better people than us, we might add), who have turned to 3D printers to actually improve people's lives. Take, for example, the tale of two-year-old Emma, born with the congenital disorder arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). The disease causes a person's joints to become locked in a single position. In Emma's case, it was her arms. There are prosthetics that can help, but most are made of metal -- including the anchor vest -- which would make them too heavy for a 25-pound girl.