Bespoke Innovations is taking the technology of 3D printing to a whole new arena with their idea of designing prosthetic legs for amputated patients. To do this the company 3D scans the patient’s natural and prosthetic legs followed by creating a 3D computer model of the design keeping in mind the natural body symmetry between the two limbs. After that the patient gives useful feedback on how he wants the new prosthetic limbs to be by directing the customization process. There are loads of options from which the patient can choose including different patterns, templates and materials, with another option to be used in the future for online design.
Then final design is put-forth and the prosthetic limbs are a true reflection of patient’s personality and personal taste which is very important in the long run as they get used to it. These fairing cost anywhere between $4000 and $5000 which might sound a lot but if you consider the advantages they have over usual fairings then it hugely out-weight that fact.
This very application of 3D printing proves that it will be a customary technology of the future and we can expect to see many more application of it in the medical field as more and more researchers take up 3D printing as their tool for designing precise 3D models of artificial organs.