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Cheap 3D printed prosthetics could be game changer for Nepal

by:Tuowei     2019-09-09
Kathmandu: the novice of RAM is made on a 3D printer in the capital of Nepal for only $30 (RM128)
For many poor Himalayan countries, this innovation could change the rules of the game.
Ram used to be a farmer who lost his hands and toes within years of contracting leprosy, forcing his fatherof-
Three people turned to begging to support their families.
Where we found him-
Born Matthew Rockwell, founder of the Disaster Hack
A profitable technology startup that makes functional dummies for those who can\'t afford it.
Disaster hackers make money in doing technical consulting and teaching people coding, while teaching Nepal IT skills and manufacturing is low
The cost of basic artificial limbs.
Traveling between Nepal and the United States, Rockwell is part of the technical team behind the annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada-following a strong earthquake in the country in 2015, he brought a 3D printer to Kathmandu.
Soon he began to print new hands for those in need: a girl who lost her legs after being shocked by the hanging wires, a construction worker whose hands were pressed so hard
Sitting in a narrow office in Kathmandu, Rockwell said: \"So far, we have only distributed a list to five people, but we have a list that is growing . \"
Recycled materials Rockwell currently has only hands-on capabilities-more weight is required for one leg --
Printer on duty-but he has identified more than 7,000 people in Nepal who can benefit from the creation of disaster hackers.
The price of traditional artificial limbs is between $1,000 (RM4,286)to US$3,000 (RM12,858)to US$5,000 (RM21,430)
Rockwell explained.
\"Now, we can make artificial limbs for about $30 (RM128)so it (3D printing)
The cost of functional prosthesis is greatly reduced.
Rockwell hopes to further reduce costs by recycling the top of plastic bottles to make wires that supply printers.
Long-term insufficient funds in Nepal\'s health care sector
Fully equipped, but 3D printing can reduce the cost and time it takes to bring a medical device to the person most in need.
A 3D printer made by a disaster hacker takes almost a full day to print, consisting of about 20 different parts.
Rockwell hope is mainly a volunteer.
Run project will seed the bigger things.
He has now trained 20 artificial limbs 3D printing in hospitals in Nepal and signed an agreement with Kathmandu\'s largest university to establish the country\'s first biomedical 3D printing laboratory.
At the same time, for Ram, a new hand may mean giving up the chance to beg.
\"What should I say? I have nothing to eat.
I make 100 rupees if I stay here (RM4. 16), 50 rupees (RM2)
\",\" He said from his daily position at the corner of a busy intersection.
He raised his new fake hand and smiled on his face as he slowly contracted his plastic finger to hold his fist. —
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