‘Magic Arms’ 3D Printed Exoskeleton Nominated for Design Award

Posted Thursday, January 31st, 2013 by .

Sometimes…we just don’t have the words. Take four minutes to watch this video:

By way of SmartPlanet:

As SmartPlanet’s Rose Eveleth previously reported, Emma Lavelle was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), a genetic condition that causes joints and muscles to stiffen and eventually be rendered useless.

Her arms were the main issue, which were too stiff and undeveloped for her to use — and for a young child, not being able to play or participate in many activities is frustrating. However, as her arms were so weak and she was only two, other options available were too heavy or big for her.

Eventually, Emma’s mother approached the makers of the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX). The system was then customized especially for her, made smaller and each component was printed out of plastic rather than made from traditional, heavier materials which would be too much for the girl to cope with.

It worked, and this success story has now resulted in the “magic arms” 3D-printed WREX exoskeleton being nominated for the Designs of the Year 2013 awards by London’s Design Museum.

We’ve previously stated here that 3D printers would take over the world.

This is just so much better.

Congratulations to Emma, and good luck to Stratasys on their nomination.

3D-Printed Magic Arms

Emma hugs Mom with her “Magic Arms”


Steve Leigh

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Steven Leigh has been enthusiastic about technology since he was very young, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with others, through his writing. He is also a composer, a musician, and a singer, experimenting with the blending of technology and music with his recording and performance projects. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and running in 5K races and is currently training for his first 10K.

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