February 9, 2013
Custom designed coverings for prosthetic legs built using 3D printer
A designer San Francisco is creating coverings for prosthetic legs using 3D scanning to capture the unique leg shape, offering customizations that have never before been possible. The Telegraph reports.
Scott Summit came up with a new type of cover for prosthetic legs called "fairings." Recreating a unique leg shape by scanning a client's existing leg, the fairings are then built using a 3D printer.
They not only return the lost contour of the body, but also allow for individual design and style, using different patterns and graphics.
The technology may eventually make these kinds of prosthetics more accessible.
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