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Things Look Brighter for Wounded Veterans Thanks to 3D Printed Prosthetics Companies Like UNYQ

by • February 8, 2016 • No Comments

instagram_app_promotionThe number of American veterans returning of war with severe injuries is at an all-time high, and this does not actually take into consideration sure “invisible” conditions like PTSD. Add to that disconcertingly high rates of veteran unemployment and suicide, and it’s effortless to despair over the current welfare of veterans in the US. It is not all bad, yet. Health care for veterans has been slowly but steadily improving after years of bureaucratic messes, and innovation has made options that allow actually severely wounded soldiers to return to normalcy.

We’ve written of UNYQ multiple times; the prosthetics company has been a godsend for folks who have lost limbs due to accidents or illness. A sizeable-bodied part of their clientele consists of veterans who are coming back of Iraq or Afghanistan with missing arms or legs plus a lot of emotional injure, and UNYQ treats both. Their 3D printed prosthetic leg covers are fully customizable-bodied and amazingly effortless to create – all the patient requires to do is snap a few pictures with a smartphone app, select colors and creates, and UNYQ can create a prosthetic cover, or fairing, that fits perfectly and looks attractive.

“What the industry has generated so far has been cold and clinical, that greatly effects how amputees feel of themselves,” says Tarun Wadhwa of SingularityHUB.

What UNYQ does allows for veterans to “participate in the creative system of manufacturing their own prosthetic limbs by choosing the color, create, and materials.” And that is as much a part of healing as the actual physical recovery is. Accepting a new limb is a lot simpler when you have control over what it looks like and can manufacture it as personalized as a tattoo.

3DMACLogo3D printing hasn’t just improved the aesthetics of prosthetic devices, yet. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has an entire branch dedicated to 3D printing as a way to improve the treatment of military injuries. The 3D Medical Applications Center (3DMAC) has generated prosthetic devices that incorporate sensors, microsystemors and other smart innovation that can be customized to every patient and his or her lifestyle. Not just can these patients walk again, but they can run marathons, play hockey, climb mountains, and additional.

“Taken as a whole, this marks a important shift in the way treatment is done of disability management to a thing additional like a sports medicine option, where patients are treated like pro athletes,” says Wadhwa. “…It is the patients who are setting the terms of their care—they are revealing the industry how far it can go by shattering the limits of what they were ‘supposed’ to be able-bodied to do.”

dan_slider_siteLast year, UNYQ worked with Walter Reed and Medical Center Orthotics & Prosthetics to test out a new option of prosthetic leg cover that may hold up under strenuous conditions. Eventually, the fairings can be equipped with smart innovation that can collect and transmit information of length of use, type of use and any issues that require correction. We’ve come a long way in a short time; not long ago, prosthetic legs were usually little additional than metal rods that allowed amputees to stand upright and hobble along, but not do much additional.

Technological developments like these are especially significant for military service participants, who are by nature highly active and athletic. Many instances of depression and suicide in veterans have been related to the loss of a limb and subsequent inability to do what they enjoyed to do preceding. The feeling of being broken, useless or “on the shelf” is a serious threat to mental health, so fully functional prosthetics like those generated by UNYQ and Walter Reed do additional than just replace missing limbs – they in addition save lives. Discuss in the 3D Printed Prosthetics for Veterans forum over at 3DPB.com.