The prosthetic hand: The problem and design
Historical backgroundTo appreciate how far the technology has advanced we must consider the ancient Egyptians. In ancient Egypt, people with missing body parts were terrified their disability would carry over to the next world. They would be entombed with artificial replacement parts to ensure their body was restored as whole in the afterlife.According to the amputee-coalition, one of the oldest artificial legs on record dates back to approximately 300 B.C. This ‘prosthetic’ was found to be made of a combination of bronze, iron and wood.In modern times, in the United States alone, there are over two million people currently alive who have lost a limb. Work accidents, war injuries, and illness tend to be the biggest contributors these statistics. Over recent years, 3D printing has offered an lighter, robust solution to producing usable prosthetics.
- See if you can find some more historical developments that have helped bring us to our current developments.
Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts
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