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3D Printed Prosthetic Arm!

September 26, 2015

One of our big clients, Daiya Industry,  has just produced a 3D printed prosthetic arm which will be released in less than 2 weeks. I think the image caption below gives you the quickest info.

“A new 3D printed prosthetic arm that is controlled by the users own nerves and muscles is on display on September 21, 2015 in Okayama, Japan. The prosthetic arm ‘Finch’ that can be mass-produced by 3D printers has been developed by Daiya Industry Co., Ltd. in collaboration with the teams of Professor Shunji Yamanaka of the University of Tokyo, Associate Professor Masahiro Yoshikawa of Nara Institute of Science and Technology, and Dr. Noritaka Kawashima of National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities. The Finch also features an adjustable socket as opposed to the socket custom-made by molding, which enables the cost to be much less than the traditional prosthesis. Finch will debut as a product on October 7, 2015 at the International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition, and be available for order at around 100,000 yen (approx. 826 USD).”

It is a pretty exciting development in prosthesis. It is even more exciting to think that this was done locally in the city we are based in.

The unit just slides on and requires no custom fabrication.  there is a small sensor that is placed on the arm which gives the user control over the pinching mechanism.

In the near future the arm will apparently come in a variety of colors which gives some choice to potential users. In the end this was another cool assignment for Getty Images. These editorial commissions are some of our favorite jobs. You can see more of our editorial work here.

Be sure to follow us on facebook as we will have some video from this assignment online next week.


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