How 3D-Printing Is Helping The Mobility Impaired Gain More Independence
Solidoodle has provided inventor Davey Jose with a 3D printer to enable him to build a prototype robotic arm.
Solidoodle is supporting London-based inventor Davey Jose as he develops a low-cost mobile-device-controlled robotic system to help people with mobility impairments gain more independence. The company has provided a Solidoodle 3rd Generation 3D printer and materials through its Imagine It charitable foundation and will also offer technical support in using 3D printing to create parts for the project.
Jose aims to demonstrate how 3D printing can merge with science and medicine to help people in their daily lives. He is limited to the use of his right arm after being struck by a car and suffering a C-1 level spinal cord injury as a child.
Jose hopes to use his 3D printer to develop a mobile unit with a robotic arm. He is also utilizing low-cost 3D scanning tools to develop virtual models of his orthotic body suit to provide adaptable functions for the technology. Solidoodle CEO Sam Cervantes said:
3D printing is an amazing technology that’s empowering problem-solvers like Mr. Jose to develop low-cost solutions to improve the quality of life for many people. Our users are what define our products and I am certain that the 3D printing community will provide a major net benefit for the world.