Professor Mark J. Perry's Blog for Economics and Finance
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Markets in Everything: 3D Printed "Magic Arms"
From Venture Beat: "The heartwarming video above documents the story of a small child whose life has been radically changed for the better because of 3D printing technology.
Two-year-old Emma was born with a rare disease called arthrogryposis
that makes it so she can’t raise her arms without assistance. Through
the use of 3D printing, a Delaware hospital created a mobile plastic
exoskeleton that now allows Emma to use her arms for many things.
3D printing ensures that a new exoskeleton can be created if Emma
breaks or outgrows it. Emma is now on her second 3D-printed jacket and
calls the device her “magic arms.”
MP: The 3D printing revolution has just begun. We can expect hundreds and probably thousands of more examples like this in the future, as this amazing, innovative technology revolutionizes manufacturing and our entire world.