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October 24, 2012
Additive Manufacturing Gives Four Year Old Back the Use of Her Arms
We've known for some time that 3D printers may one day revolutionize the field of medicine by printing entire organs, removing the need for organ donors, but this is years from large-scale implementation. However, additive manufacturing may already be making a profound impact on the lives of those with disabilities, such as four year-old Emma Levelle.
Emma's condition, called Arthrogryposis, causes abnormal muscle development and stiff joints that prevent Emma from even lifting her arms. It wasn't until her mother enrolled her in treatment with Dr. Tariq Rahman, creator of a robotic exoskeleton called WREX, that there was hope that Emma could regain function of her arms. It worked. Within moments of slipping into the WREX, she lifted her hands for the first time to play with her toys.
However, the exoskeleton, sold by JAECO Orthopedics, was built with heavy, metal components that were too cumbersome for a 25-pound girl. The solution was to enlist a Dimension 3D printer using the same type of plastic that makes LEGOs, to create a lightweight, durable exoskeleton that Emma came to call her “magic arms.
Not only has additive manufacturing enabled the creation of a smaller, lightweight alternative to the traditional WREX, it also allows the immediate production of replacement parts on demand if any component of Emma's exoskeleton were to break.
After outgrowing her first pair, Emma is currently on her second pair of magic arms.
Unlike traditional energy sources, wind is a trouble to tame, which has led GE to turn to advanced simulations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to put the technology on track to cover 12 percent of the world's energy production. Read more...
Combustion simulation might seem like the ultimate in esoteric technologies, but auto companies, aircraft firms and fuel designers need increasingly sophisticated software to serve the needs of 21st century engine designs. HPCwire recently got the opportunity to take a look at Reaction Design, one of the premier makers of combustion simulation software, and talk with its CEO, Bernie Rosenthal. Read more...
On Wednesday, D-Wave Systems made history by announcing the sale of the world's first commercial quantum computer. The buyer was Lockheed Martin Corporation, who will use the machine to help solve some of their "most challenging computation problems." D-Wave co-founder and CTO Geordie Rose talks about the new system and the underlying technology. Read more...
Jan 24, 2014 |
Local Motors, a vehicle innovator, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have announced a new partnership that they hope will bring change to the automotive industry. Read more...
Jan 22, 2014 |
A month ago, the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials (DRC) commenced. The main goal of the event was to aid in the development of robots that will someday respond to natural or even man-made disasters. At this year’s DRC, prototype robots from 16 teams were put through a series of trials in which they were to showcase their skills. Read more...
Jan 17, 2014 |
Engineers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed a new technology that could come in handy when electronic devices run out of power. Their idea stems from a source of power generation that we are all familiar with; windmills. Read more...
07/30/2013 | IBM | This white paper examines various means of adapting technical computing tools to accelerate product and services innovation across a range of commercial industries such as manufacturing, financial services, energy, healthcare, entertainment and retail. No longer is technically advanced computing limited to the confines of big government labs and academic centers. Today it is available to a wide range of organizations seeking a competitive edge.
06/25/2013 | Intel | The UberCloud HPC Experiment has achieved the volunteer participation of 500 organizations and individuals from 48 countries with the aim of exploring the end-to-end process employed by digital manufacturing engineers to access and use remote computing resources in HPC centers and in the cloud. This Compendium of 25 case studies is an invaluable resource for engineers, managers and executives who believe in the strategic importance of applying advanced technologies to help drive their organization’s productivity to perceptible new levels.