Showcasing the First Partially 3D Printed Bionic Exoskeleton Suit
The convergence of technologies may democratize access to assistive devices for any number of musculo-skeletal challenges. Integrating 3D printing capabilities with robotics opens new and unimaginable frontiers. Design engineers from 3D Systems Corporation have teamed up with Ekso Bionics, manufacturer of the bionic exoskeleton suit named EksoTM , to showcase the first partially 3D printed bionic exoskeleton in the world.
Amanda Boxtel, paralyzed for 23 years, became an integral part of the design process shifting from passive consumer to active co-creator. Amanda will demonstrate the newly designed exoskeleton on stage. By morphing the functional elements of the aluminum and titanium battery-powered device with the beauty of 3D printed design, we are a step closer to fusing a person’s biology and individuality with technology. Presenters Scott Summit, 3D Systems, and Amanda Boxtel, Bridging Bionics Foundation, will address the future of wearable technology with this one idea: What if any individual who has a musculo-skeletal challenge could have a better quality of life with complete freedom of mobility, where the technology itself fits seamlessly with their body like a glove, and becomes an extension of their senses?