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Fast Co: 3D printed ‘Robotic Exoskeleton’ for Paraplegics

Wow, paraplegics can walk again, instead of living in a wheel chair – Stephen Hawking, r u next???

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3D Systems Creates Robotic Exoskeleton for Paraplegics

(Hot Hardware) 3D Systems announced that it has collaborated with EksoBionics to build a 3D printed hybrid exoskeleton robotic suit that will allow users with paralysis of the lower extremities to walk upright. A woman named Amanda Boxel was the test pilot for the suit and photos show her standing up and taking steps without any third-party human assistance. Boxel has been paralyzed from the waist down ever since suffering a freak injury in a skiing accident 22 years ago. The suit’s designers used 3D scanning technology to capture the exact shapes of Boxel’s spine, thighs and shins to create the digital model from which the parts of the suit could be created. Click here and skip to 1:30 to view video of Amanda walking.

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