The idea of using 3D printing for prosthetic purposes has been around for some time and some great work has already been done in the area. But with 3D printers coming down in cost, inexpensive prosthetics with a greater ‘coolness’ factor has been made possible by printing prosthetics to look like Iron Man or Wolverine for kids. This helps them overcome what practical and social difficulties they might have (what kid wouldn’t want an IRON MAN HAND – hell, I want one). It also allows for a larger prosthesis to be made as the child gets older. Great work.
Here’s a video outline the features of the Iron Man Gauntlet and a link to the article from geek.com that inspired me to write this post 🙂