I missed my one and only opportunity to see the Olympics - the cycling portion of London's 2012 games went through our Surrey neighborhood. Alas, we returned to the U.S. to start RapidMade months before the Olympics started. So I was pleased to learn that one of its top competitors was turning to 3D printing to help her performance in the upcoming games.
German cyclist Denise Schindler is planning to use a 3D printed prosthesis for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Schindler, who won the silver medal in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, decided to try the new technology, which was demonstrated for President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week. The new prosthesis is being tested and compared to her old prosthesis. This is not the first time 3D printing has been used in paralympic sports; prosthetic legs were also 3D printed for Paralympic bobsledder Corie Mapp earlier this year.
Schindler, who lost her leg in an accident when she was two, is promoting 3D printed prostheses because of their benefits: cheapness, rapid manufacture and effectiveness.