3D printing is now a big thing these days and it is been used to build lots,the tech sector is where we see new things everyday and going forward medical uses will become the norm by the looks of things with the ability to print body parts,prosthetics  and more,we already have seen samples of this over the past few months..

Sky news reports

The technology, developed by Bristol-based engineer Joel Gibbard, has been awarded the 2015 UK James Dyson Award and could now offer amputees a cheaper and quicker alternative.

As many as 6000 major limb amputations are carried out in the UK every year with advanced prosthetics costing between £3,000 and £60,000. This one will cost less than £1,000.

Custom-fitting and production can also take weeks but this award-winning design by Open Bionics can take 40 hours to 3D print in a laboratory.

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UK inventor and businessman James Dyson who helped pick the award winner said: “3D printing has been used by engineers as a prototyping tool for decades, but Joel is using it in a new way to provide cheaper, more advanced prosthetics for amputees.”

Custom-fitting and production can also take weeks but this award-winning design by Open Bionics can take 40 hours to 3D print in a laboratory.

The company says the low-cost robotic hands can perform the same tasks as expensive, advanced prosthetics, including individual finger movement through the use of electromyographical sensors which are stuck to the amputee’s skin.

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