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3D artificial limbs and prosthetics
3D printing has captured the imagination of those within the prosthetics industry, due to the cheapness and lightness of material as well as the high precision and accuracy that can be achieved through the use of 3D modelling.
In one example of many, a "crowd-solving" healthcare organization called Not Impossible Labs took interest in a Time Magazine article concerning a teenager who lost both arms to an Antonov bomb in Sudan. The group went to Sudan and created 3D printed prosthetic arms for the teenager in only six hours — which cost less than $100 to produce.
The project was later backed by Intel.
Image credit: Timoteo Freccia
3D printed drones
With a top speed of 90mph, a Southampton University-backed company, Decode, has created drones through 3D printing.
The nylon aircraft is fully printed from components to flight, and takes only ten minutes to set up — without the use of any specialist tools. Through equipping the craft with a GPS system, autopilot software and receiver, you have a drone that can stay in the air for up to 30 minutes.
Image credit: Decode