It almost seems like something you’d expect to see in “iRobot”, but 3-D printed limbs have finally made the jump from big-screen-fantasy to real life functionality.
Bespoke Innovations, a boutique design firm in San Francisco, makes top-of-the-line prosthetic limbs using 3-D printing technology. Their process is simple, yet innovative in a market dominated by large one-size-fits-all firms.
Scott Summit, the company’s founder, is an Industrial Designer and Orthopedic Surgeon himself, and sought to bring a human element to the image of cold, dead prosthetics.
Here are just a few of his creations:
Bespoke uses a variety of build materials in their designs, including wood, metal, plastic, leather, and more. It’s their mission to make prosthetic limbs that reflect the person wearing them, in order to return an element of their lives that was taken from them.
If anything, Bespoke shows how 3-D printing technology is more than just a novelty for hobby enthusiasts, and is actually a practical replacement for current methods of manufacturing.
It’s an eco-friendly process that reduces waste and encourages an eco-friendly lifestyle. Beautifully-designed limbs are one of the many platforms with which to showcase its awesome potential.
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