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$50 3D-printed part replaces $42,000 medical prosthetic hand
naturalnews.com The power of open-source, 3D-printing technology has reached the medical field with a new breakthrough in homemade prosthesis. Jeremy Simon of 3D Universe has successfully developed a prosthetic hand using 3D-printing technology that is not only more useful than traditional prostheses but significantly less expensive. After spending about $42,000 on a conventional prosthetic hand, 53-year-old Jose Delgado, Jr., who was born without most of his left hand, was left wanting. The seemingly lifelike hand doesn't grip as well as he would like, and the ring and pinky fingers don't work at all, and are there primarily for aesthetic purposes. It was really his only option until 3D printing came along, offering regular people the opportunity to design their own tools, parts and, in this case, synthetic limbs, for a fraction of the price of their conventional counterparts. Interestingly enough, it really wasn't that hard for Simon, a 3D-printing expert, to design a better prosthetic hand for Delgado, and for a fraction of the price. Simon calls it the e-NABLE Hand, and it only cost him about $50 to make, or about one-tenth of 1 percent of what Delgado paid for his original prosthetic hand from conventional medicine. And the best part about e-NABLE is that it is more functional, grips better and is incredibly durable, something that Delgado isn't able to say about his other hand.
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