Assistive technology enables users to complete tasks that they would otherwise find difficult. With the advent of 3D printing and collaborative design, the rapid production of progressive technology for customised use in devices is likely to become more affordable and accessible for users in a wide range of applications.
Historically, conventional techniques for assistive technology have been customised typically using craft-orientated materials such as cardboard and clay by creative clinicians such as occupational therapists. So, the use of 3D printing technology opens up the opportunity for professionals to be even more innovative.
Collaboration between medical professionals and AT designers could be very productive, combining design expertise with professional knowledge of users’ living, social and medical needs.
Of course, there are inevitable obstacles for clinicians who may want to use existing 3D design tools such as the time required to learn new skills, use unfamiliar software and refine prototypes while still carrying out their usual practice within limited time frames.
Nevertheless, with collaboration and time, the potential impact of 3D printing on assistive technology look positive.
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