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Autodesk leads donation of 750 3D printed prosthesis to kids – 3D .

by • August 7, 2016 • No Comments

In a heartwarming display of charity, Autodesk, Enable Community Foundation (ECF) and Voodoo Manufacturing, have partnered up to bring us the world’s initially global hand-drive for making and building 3D-printed prosthesis. The drive comes out of Autodesk’s Global Month of Impact, which calls for 28 offices of around the world to put together 750 prosthetic hands for children in require of upper-limb prosthetics.
Team work manufactures the dream work
As an Autodesk Foundation grantee, ECF has been dedicated to creating affordable prothesis for those in require. As a outcome, they have may already provided only of 1,400 prosthetic hands and are continually growing upon which number. Together with Voodoo Manufacturing – a digital 3D printing factory based in Brooklyn – they’ve printed 22,500 parts which manufacture up the 750 prosthetic hands.­ Amazingly, every hand took of 10 hours to print and in total, Autodesk’s team put in 6,000 combined volunteer hours.
ecf_3dp hands
Tackling the big problems
According to the Autodesk team, the prosthetics industry previously faced several sizeable problems:

“In the United States alone, close to 200,000 amputations are performed every year and every prosthetic costs thousands of dollars. Traditionally, the system of getting a prosthetic limb can take anywhere of several weeks to months, and since prosthetics are such very own items, every one has to be custom created or fit to the requires of the individual, and children can rapidly outgrow a device.”
To combat this, the three partners have banded together for this drive. As an onslaught of new 3D printed prothesis emerge for the 2016 Paralympics, Autodesk, ECF and Voodoo Manufacturing aren’t forgetting of the little guys who aren’t only yet made for pro games. Fortunately, yet, they’ll be well on their way thanks to this latest donation.

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