The home-grown prosthesis movement fascinates me. The initial designers, back when 3D printers were more crude and very expensive, were afraid that their designs would not be accepted because they didn’t have the ability to make the prosthetics look “real.” Then the designs got out in the field, and the kids reacted with, Screw real, can you make it look cool? And the designs are being tweaked by high-schoolers (smart, dedicated, slightly obsessive kids, but still just high-schoolers).

The comment by Evan’s mom about this being like a third hand to a dual-handed person makes me wonder how long it will be before the prosthetics boffins start coming up with third arms, or other enhancements. And at some point someone will figure out how to implant/link a high-end computer (phones, IOW) to 3D-printed prosthetics to really make life interesting.

Thanks for posting this, Michael.

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