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Bionic Limbs Soon Will Be Lifesaving

Open Bionics commercially released the world’s first medically certified 3-d printed artificial arms in the UK.

Have you ever heard about the ‘Hero Arm‘? it’s a well designed and advanced bionic arm for amputees. It might be produced small enough to fit to children starting from nine years old. A Bristol-based robotic company Open Bionics has been working on artificial limbs development for a long time in a cooperation with NHS England. If you are living in the UK you can apply for your custom-made Bionic arm here

Eliminated Disadvantages

One of the disadvantages of Artificial Bionic limbs so far was that they had a fixed size with expensive components and usually were applicable to teenagers and adults. But with the help of 3D printing technology, the company succeeded to apply them even to children as young as 9 years old as the size is scalable. So it means it can be produced for almost any upper-limb amputee at a wide range of age scale, easier and for a cheaper price.

When she was a baby, Tilly Lockey, (12) lost both her hands to meningitis. But today with the help of her bionic hands, she can fulfill her personal needs like brushing her hair, painting etc.. Moreover those 3D printed limbs can be personalized with custom covers for different colors and demands.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”The technology has come such a long way since Tilly was a baby,” said Tilly’s mother, Sarah.[/perfectpullquote]

Here are other comments of Till’s mother Sarah about bionic arms from Open Bionics:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“We were essentially told it was impossible to get her bionic hands because the technology was too big and couldn’t be shrunk down for her”.[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“It has been incredible to watch Open Bionics. What they are developing, a lot of kids want”.[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“What went from a sad state of prosthetic design came this explosion; a 3D printed device that was lighter, cheaper, a very stylish design that helped Tilly play with the Wii for the first time without having to sellotape the controller to her arm.”[/perfectpullquote]

Cameron Miller (10) was born without a hand but now trying archery for the first time by the help of his Hero Arm 

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“I absolutely love my Hero Arm, it’s the one prosthetic that I have used more than any other device I’ve tried,” said Cameron, who had his fitted in Glasgow.[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“It’s lighter, it moves better, and is way cooler than any of my previous prosthetics.”[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“We’re incredibly excited to launch the Hero Arm after spending four years working with amputees and healthcare professionals to develop a device that is advanced and low-cost,”[/perfectpullquote]

said Open Bionics co-founder Samantha Payne.

The Hero Arm was released commercially for the first time in the world in the UK. The company is planning to release it in the US market until the end of 2018, however it’s not been stated yet when it will be available in the other countries. We hope to see this life-changing innovation available for anyone in the near future.

Sources: openbionics, irishnews ,