3D printing innovation has had a primary impact on the making of prosthetics, companies and organizations such as Naked Prosthetics and e-NABLE have completely revolutionized the way that prosthetics are created and generated. In the video game industry, on the other hand, 3D printing’s effects has been quite minimal thus far, but is yet expanding into a prominent existence through projects like the XMODULE racing game. These two industries (prosthetics and video games) may not seem to have much in common at initially glance, but one determined create team has used 3D printing innovation to fuse them together for an avid gamer and amputee named James Young, creating a synthetic arm based of the talked of Konami series Metal Gear Solid.


Sophie de Oliveira Barata and James Young

Led by London-based sculptor Sophie de Oliveira Barata and the Japanese game manufacturer Konami, the 10-person tremendous create team created the the £60,000 carbon-fibre limb to both function properly and replicate the bionic arm worn by the Metal Gear Solid protagonist Venom Snake in the latest title, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

De Oliveira Barata, the founder of the Alternative Limb Project, has combined functionality with artistic expression through numerous alternative and realistic prosthetics limbs. The Metal Gear Solid-inspired version, yet, was created exclusively for Young. “James’s arm is completely bespoke,”de Oliveira Barata said. “And it was quite significant for all of us that it encapsulated his thought of what he wanted of a prosthetic.”


The hand itself was created with assist of the open-source prosthetic and robot hand manufacturers at Open Bionics, and is said to be a primary improvement over the NHS prosthetic he previously had. The 3D printed hand, that is fitted into the carbon-fibre limb, is regulated by sensors that respond to specific muscle movements in Young’s back. Not just does it donate the power of dexterity and overall function back to Young, the synthetic arm is truly a hi-tech device fit for any video game hero. The arms showcases a torch, a laser, banks of LED lights that can be synchronized with Young’s heartbeat, a USB port for phone charging or data uploading, and actually functions as the controller for a miniature quadcopter.

The prosthetic arm is certain to provide Young with much additional functionality and public attention, that he had may already got a hint of after announcing the his hi-tech synthetic arm at the Texas-based BodyHacking Con 2016, a conference revolving around the thought of human augmentation. On the other hand James Young unquestionably looks like Snake a bit additional now, he does’t quite have the same tactical skills or bitter attitude as the video game character. “I don’t ponder I’m Snake,”said Young. “Pretty much equiteone in his team has had a few sort of dreadful chance and they’re all quite bitter of it and embarking on a big ractuallyge spree. That’s unquestionably not me.”

Tyler Koslow

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Tyler Koslow is a Brooklyn-based writer for 3D Printing Industry, and has in addition generated content for publications and companies such as Dell, Brooklyn Magazine, and Equity Arcade. His content is focused on a wide range of topics which include tech, gaming, and music . Tyler is in addition a habitual instrument player, a writer of fiction, and generally all around fun haver. Tyler got a Bachelor’s degree studying English-Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in 2008.