3-D Printing Helps Paraplegic Walk Again
Amanda Boxtel couldn't walk for 22 years after a skiing accident left her a paraplegic. She never stopped dreaming of walking again though, and when the opportunity arose for her to join with Ekso Bionics and 3-D Systems she couldn't say no. Last November she walked across stage in Budapest, Hungary at the Singularity University Summit.
The developers scanned her body and used the scans to design the custom parts that were printed on a 3-D printer in nylon. The suit was then assembled with motors and scanners to help move her legs. This is a huge step forward in bionic suits as it represents the first time the suit was designed to fit a specific individual. The manufacturers are also working to reduce the costs of the technology in order to make it affordable for more people.
Amanda can be seen walking here with her exoskeleton. The joy in her face is remarkable.