Why should amputees have to wear the same, boring prosthetics as everyone else, day after day? It turns out that they don’t, if they buy a new leg from Bespoke Innovations.
Above you see a few of the custom-built designs from the San-Francisco-based company. What Bespoke Designs does is to tailor-make fairings: the actual mechanics of the prosthetics are standard, but the outside can be made to look like anything you like. Like to ride a Harley? Then why not get a matching chrome calf? Leather? Hardwood? You got it.
Scott Summit, the designer at Bespoke, explains that in single amputees, the remaining leg is scanned and mirrored to give the correct geometry for the peg-leg. For double amputees, a donor is found of the same size and shape, and their legs are scanned.
And why not? After all, we change our spectacles to match our clothes, and now you can choose a leg based on its look instead of just buying a standard, ugly titanium rod.
If this interests you, and you have seven minutes to spare while you sip a coffee, it’s worth watching Core77’s interview with Summit (embedded below). He has a very nice take on why these one-off pieces are so rewarding to design, and goes into some detail on the manufacturing process, which uses additive manufacturing, a species of 3D printing.
Interview with Scott Summit of Bespoke Innovations, creator of kick-ass prosthetics
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Fuente: Gadget Lab