In past posts, we talked about the potential of 3D printing. Now, the “Not Impossible Labs” company, which is dedicated to technology for the good of humanity, has made a reality the dream of many Sudanese children who lost their limbs during the wars that ravaged Sudan, by 3D printing prosthetics in low cost.
The project was born from the mind of Mick Ebeling, founder of “Not Impossible”, a company famous for having created the “EyeWriter”, eye tracking glasses made with open source software to help a paralyzed graffiti artist draw and communicate using eyes.
Here is the future of 3D printing: “Project Daniel” by Ebeling.
Project Daniel, the company’s project, was born in 2012 when Ebeling read the story of Daniel Omar, a 14-year-old Sudanese boy who had lost both hands to a bomb.
This is why Ebeling decided to put together a team capable of creating low-cost 3D prostheses printed on consumer-grade 3D printers. That’s why the inventor of the Robohand, a neuroscientist from MIT and a California-based 3D printing company, joined the team, supported by Intel and an engineering company called Precipart.
The dentures are inexpensive (about $100) and can be printed in about 6 hours. Daniel received his left arm in November, and shortly thereafter Ebeling set up a 3D printing lab at a nearby hospital. Since then, many more have received prostheses and the extra effort could help thousands of children.