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3D Printed Science and Medical Items

Author: Lori Davila
Date: October 14, 2014

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3D printing is the creation of items with a machine that melts plastic also known as Filament in layers. This method can be used to make different things. Some of the items of interesting notice at the 2014 New York - Makers Faire were science and medical in nature.

The wrist brace seen here was designed specifically for people with missing hands, but an attachment like this might also be helpful as well for people with Peripheral Neuropathy who cannot always close their hands to grip things tightly or consistently.

While this particular item is only $50 and already available from the non-profit organization E-nabling The Future, this hand brace would be helpful in consideration for designs for nerve damage and funding for initial research and creation would benefit many. Conceptually not just to the alteration of the design, but the addition of electronics.

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To understand the basics of 3D printing and some of its potential watch the 2minute video of 'What Is 3D Printing and How Does It Work?':


  1. Make:. http://makerfaire.com/
  2. E-nabling The Future. http://www.enablingthefuture.org
  3. Mashable Explains. 'What Is 3D Printing and How Does It Work?' (May 8, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx0Z6LplaMU
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