UC Berkeley 3D Printing Low Cost Custom Prostheses for Growing Kids

prosthetic-berkeley-handEngineers at the CITRIS Invention Lab at UC Berkeley are studying how 3D printing can be used to develop custom prosthetic devices for people with unique challenges. Children, for example, can quickly outgrow any device, so being able to create new iterations rapidly and at a low cost can make prostheses a lot more useful and accessible.

As one of their flagship projects, the engineers designed a hand for a girl with a poorly developed left hand. She can now perform tasks previously impossible for her and will be getting ever larger replacements as she continues to grow.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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