A Russian veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov surgically implanted four titanium prosthetic paws on an injured cat who had lost her paws due to amputation from frostbite. The precious feline patient was a 4-year-old cat named Dymka who was brought to the vet’s attention by a local university.
At just 26 years old, industrial engineer Guillermo Martinez has impacted many lives by making 3D-printed prosthetics free-of-charge for people living in the poorest countries. His compassionate initiative began in 2017 when he purchased a 3D printer for $172. As a pastime, he watched YouTube tutorials on building robots and other devices – and then one day it clicked.
A research team at Northwestern University has developed a record-breaking 3D printer that is bigger, faster, and more precise and it can print an object the size of an adult human in just a few hours. Using HARP (high-area rapid printing), the new technology allows for an unprecedented quantity of high-resolution manufacture products on-demand.
This is haus.me, a self-sustainable, off-grid 3-printed house designed by a start-up called PassivDom. A genuine mobile house, haus.me can be placed or relocated easily and quickly. It doesn’t require a foundation – just simply a flat ground surface. It also comes equipped with water tanks, solar energy battery storage, and autonomous sewage.
WASP and MC A – Mario Cucinella Architects teamed up to construct eco-sustainable 3D printed houses using a 3D printer called a Crane WASP. This includes a Gaia that uses natural waste materials, including raw earth, straw, and rice husk and a Tecla, a new circular housing model, created using entirely reusable, recyclable materials taken from the local terrain.
Meet the Hero Arm, the world’s first medically certified 3D-printed bionic arm, with multi-grip functionality and cool aesthetics that’s inspiring both kids and adults with its superpower-like qualities. With swappable covers – from Star Wars BB-8, Marvel Iron Man, Disney Frozen, and Deus Ex, the Hero Arm is versatile and ignites the imagination.
WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) has developed a custom 3D printed face mask with a replaceable filter that’s non-irritating and sanitizable. Using photogrammetry with a standard smartphone camera, a 3D scan of a person’s face is obtained. The photos are then reprocessed to create a 3D mesh.
3D-printing technology is becoming even more creative in the age of coronavirus. The Italian company behind the 3D-printed replacement valves for ventilators have come up with another useful invention that could turn snorkeling masks into C-PAP masks for oxygen therapy, a crucial and life-saving part of recovery for severe COVID-19 cases.
These 3D-printed houses by construction tech company ICON3D could help reduce homelessness.