Inspired by a robotic arm he built as a teen that won a state science fair, 25-year old inventor and entrepreneur Easton LaChappelle developed the world’s lightest weight and most affordable bionic limb using 3D printing technology.
The Inventor profiles brilliant entrepreneur Easton LaChappelle, who uses 3D printing technology to build custom prostheses for people with limb differences.
By Courtney Rubin
Easton LaChappelle made his first robotic hand in eighth grade — a confection of electrical tubing, fishing lines, and tape made in his bedroom, watching instructional videos. The fingers could move, but it couldn’t grab objects very accurately. Immediately he wondered: How can I make it more human-like?
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 8, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Rockwell Automation’s (NYSE: ROK) Jason Heineberg’s 3D printing expertise and hobby gives new meaning to the phrase “lend a hand.” Based in Cape Town, South Africa, the information software technical consultant produces 3D-printed prosthetic hands that are provided free to patients who otherwise could not afford them.
Cummins Inc. officially launched its Manufacturing Industry 4.0 strategy with its first-annual Industry 4.0 Virtual Symposium. Over the course of four days, the company hosted 17 sessions introducing Cummins' Industry 4.0 strategy, providing overviews and demonstrations of the latest technology and automation solutions, including digital twin, 3D printing and more. Some technologies, like binder jet printing use less energy and drastically reduce waste.
Additive manufacturing is reviving older vehicles and reducing waste, with 3D-printed spare parts that may be even better than the originals.
The automaker Nissan stopped making the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R in 1994, but the performance sports car is still beloved by enthusiasts in Japan and beyond. Earlier this year, Nissan announced that it would start using HP Jet Fusion 3D printers to create a much-needed spare part for the R32 Skyline GT-R — a plastic harness protector. Customers were thrilled.
The belief that anything is possible has always driven me in my career. From the day I arrived at HP as an engineering intern, I learned that if you can imagine it, you can achieve it—as long as you put in the work. And looking back on the storied history of our company, I can point to many examples where people have turned moments of inspiration into groundbreaking innovation.
At John Zink Hamworthy Combustion (JZHC), additive manufacturing isn’t limited to the manufacturing floor. The emissions control equipment company has sprinkled 3D printers throughout its global organization, including installing one in every department of its Tulsa, Oklahoma, headquarters. This 3D-printing initiative gives all employees a chance to see their ideas come to life, layer by layer, whether for personal or business use.
The quick response to the global pandemic is helping meet the urgent needs of medical personnel around the globe.
By Jennifer Ceaser
As the COVID-19 virus spread around the globe and severely impacted the global-supply chain of vital medical equipment for healthcare professionals, HP’s 3D manufacturing lab in Barcelona, Spain started getting urgent requests from the medical community.