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3D-printed prosthetics turned into musical instruments

A three-year project out of McGill University results in a collection of 3D-printed prosthetic pieces that play music as the wearer dances.

By Jul. 22, 2013


Advances in prosthetics aside, Boston amputees face challenges

At least 13 people lost a limb or part of one in the Boston Marathon blasts. But while prosthetics have progressed in recent years, patients still have much emotional, psychological, and physical recovering to do, experts say.

By Apr. 22, 2013


Alternative Limb Project creates gorgeously surreal prosthetics

The Alternative Limb Project not only produces realistic limbs for amputees. It also creates custom one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable limb art.

By Apr. 12, 2013


3D tech adds art, design to custom prosthetics

Bespoke Innovations is forever changing the way amputees feel about themselves--and altering how the world looks at them.

By Nov. 5, 2011


3D tech gives prosthetics wearers a fashionable edge

Bespoken Innovations is giving amputees a way to feel that their prosthetics are stylish and even artistic.

8 Images By Nov. 5, 2011


3D printing changing prosthetics forever

For industrial designer Scott Summit, the ability to make perfectly fitted, custom prosthetics is a major goal. But 3D printing is also changing the industry for one-off lamps, shoes and more.

By Mar. 5, 2010


Open sourcing prosthetics, one amputee at a time

Open-source methodologies are being used to improve prosthetics, perhaps proving that open source has "legs" beyond software.

By Sep. 17, 2008


How 3D printers are changing kids' lives in war-torn Sudan

There are some 50,000 amputees in South Sudan. A few good men have set up camp with a 3D printer to lend a helping hand.

By Jan. 13, 2014


Bionic limbs will one day sense the grass under prosthetic feet

With the first thought-controlled bionic leg pioneered in Chicago, the next steps for smart prosthetics are refining them for widespread use and tackling a huge hurdle: sensory feedback.

By Oct. 12, 2013


Write a tune, get it 3D-printed with Music Drop

The new service Music Drop lets you compose a little 16-note tune and have it immortalized in the form of a 3D-printed music box.

By Jan. 16, 2014