3D Printed Prosthetic Arms You Can Control with Your Brain

“LaChappelle made his first robotic hand out of LEGOs, fishing wire, and electrical tubing when he was all of 14 years old, and it’s now, after considerable effort on his part, a 3D printed marvel capable of operating in conjunction with the user’s mind.”

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“It’s considerably more functional than a traditional prosthesis – and stronger than a human hand. LaChappelle says the next generation of the arm was capable of sustaining 50 pounds of pressure on each individual finger. ‘The strength of the hand is so great that it’s almost dangerous,’ LaChappelle says of the device.” [More…]

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The above quotes are from a 3DPrint.com article, “Teen Launches GoFundMe Campaign to 3D Print Prosthetic Arms You Can Control with Your Brain.” (20 Jan 2015)

PostHuman: 3D Printed Tissues

Synopsis. In “Posthuman,” we ask some of the most important names in science to help us peer through and envision what the world of tomorrow looks like. From the ability to see through walls and heal ourselves with robotic immune systems, to the use of 3D printers to generate replacement organs, “Posthuman” encapsulates a buffer zone between what is here today, and what is just around the corner.

In our first segment, we spoke to Ali Khademhosseini, associate professor at Harvard-MIT, at the 2014 Blavatnik Awards. Khademhosseini is pioneering the push to develop 3D printed tissues and organs. His team was among the first to successfully 3D-print blood vessels. This video was first published to YouTube on 4 October 2014. (source)

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Euronews Science: Biological Ink to Create 3-D Printed Organs for Transplant

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Synopsis. Scientists could be one step closer to creating organs for transplant using 3D printing technology. A group of researchers from South Carolina in the USA, together with their Chinese colleagues from Zhejiang University, have made headway in understanding how so-called biological “inks” behave as they are dispensed through the nozzle head of a 3-D printer. The printer drops the biological ink, composed of cells, in a precise way to build up the organ of choice. “The broad spectrum of what we’re doing is called biofabrication,” says Dr Michael Yost, who is heading the research. “Biofabrication just means using some basic techniques in engineering to create new tissues and tissue components,” he added. Scientists lower the bio-ink through a syringe into a Petri dish. The printer is equipped with UV rays to sterilise the cells, while two mounted lights hover above with electronic microscopes to allow a closer look at the cells. [More…]

This video was first published to YouTube on 5 September 2014.

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Huffington Post: The Medical Possibilities Of Bioprinting

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Synopsis. The next breakthrough in medicine may be coming from computers instead of laboratories. 3D printing has been adapted by doctors to create skin and blood vessels, but entire human organs are on the horizon. What promises does the technology hold? Originally aired on June 6, 2014. (source)

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National Geographic: 3D Organ Printing

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Synopsis. Successful researches are going on to produce bio-organs to replace defective ones from a diseased person. Soon, we will enter in a era,may be in a decade or two, when these bio-technology will be available in every hospital. They will take your DNA sample & print the organ & tissue on 3D bio-printer, required for your treatment. First published to YouTube on 3 June 2014. (source)

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CNN: China reveals its first 3-D bio printer to make human body parts

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Originally published to YouTube by CNN on Aug 9, 2013. (source)

Synopsis. “China reveals its first 3-D bio printer to make human body parts, as Patricia Wu reports.”

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3D Printing in Animatronics: Easton LaChappelle at TEDxMileHigh

This video was first published to YouTube on Jul 15, 2013. (source)

Synopsis. “How is 3D printing changing the future of prosthetic and animatronic limbs? Tinkering with this new technology 17-year old inventor Easton LaChappelle is creating robotic limbs with strength and dexterity beyond human, and will create new models for custom prosthetics in the not-so-distant future.”

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Smithsonian Channel: Using a 3D Printer to Make Human Body Parts

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Synopsis. “Many of the technologies first fictionalized in Star Trek are now a reality. Using x-rays, scans, and a mixture of cells, scientists can actually print human tissue and organs.” This video was originally published to YouTube on 13 May 2013. (source)

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TEDxYouth: Easton LaChappelle – Prosthetics and technology revolution

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Originally published to YouTube on May 10, 2013.

Synopsis. What do you get when you combine prosthetics and 3D printing? In this inspiring talk, 17-year old Easton LaChappelle shows us how he has been using new technologies to print and build cheaper, customizable prosthetics that could change millions of lives.

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