This short informational article should prove to be encouraging reading for those who need prosthetic limbs as a result of suffering a debilitating illness such as type 2 diabetes or enduring a traumatic road accident. It should be useful reading for interested parties who wish to learn more about alternatives to replace existing artificial limbs which may be proving to be cumbersome due to prolonged use and wear. As is the case with medical science, there is always a need and yearning to investigate the possibilities towards advancing the condition of human physical and mental health.
Two magnificent advances in prosthetic limb technologies have come to the fore during 2017. These are the use of 3D printing technologies and the creation of what is termed as ‘more sensitive’ artificial limbs. This last mentioned technology is well worth the investigation. It borders on science fiction, but in the future it will almost certainly become a reality. In the future, men and women with prosthetic limbs will be able to control their own limb functioning purely through the use of their thought processes or nerve functioning.
3D printing technologies, however, currently presents prosthetic limb wearers with more rudimentary possibilities in the sense that they will be able to control the use of their artificial limbs through the use of their muscles. A great boon in this 3D advancement is that medical costs are favorable when seen against the need to have to expensively replace limbs every other year. Currently, prosthetic arms purely for cosmetic use can range in price to around five thousand dollars.
More functional apparatus cost estimates escalate towards six figures. But the cost of a child’s prosthetic created through 3D printing alone could cost as little as fifty dollars.