Daniel Terdiman of CNET news writes a long article describing how 3D printing is "changing prosthetics forever". We've written several articles in this area over the past two years, and now it's become visible in CNET.
Terdiman explains how the combination of amputee soldiers' needs, 3D scanning, 3D printing and individual manufacturing have opened up this field.
Your limbs and other body parts are only yours. They are unique and replicas cannot be found in any mass produced factory. But 3D scanning allows us to capture the precise structure of the limb, either before the incident or by mirroring a surviving limb. 3D printing can then create a physical replica or prosthesis that is an exact fit for each and every amputee.
Is prosthetic usage the "peak" of 3D printing today? Perhaps, but we suspect there's many more astonishing uses we haven't yet discovered.