Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Power of Science

Remember back when I talked about 3D Printing and I was all about its potential uses on the International Space Station?  Yeah, I think this is a better use, much closer to home.

Meet Emma.  This little girl was born with a condition that made her arms basically useless.  There are prosthetics that would allow her to use her arms, but they are too big, too heavy and too bulky for a little girl like Emma.  Instead of waiting for her to grow into them, her parents and a team of doctors decided to use a 3D printer to make a customized, light-weight version just for Emma.  And now she has her magic arms.  And the best part?  As she grows, it's a matter of going back to the computer, making the size adjustments and printing out a new set.  No need to wait.

I am constantly surprised, amazed and awed by the power of science and the applications we haven't even thought of yet.

Seriously.. Thoughts?

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