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Woman invents 3D printed aid for paraplympic friend

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2016-12-02 12:09

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Billy has the left side of his body paralyzed after suffering a stroke when he was 17 years old, which led him to have motor limitations. But he never stopped doing sports, and he keeps cycling.

Allison created a custom fitted 3D printed device to help hold Billy’s arm to the handlebar, which keeps him balanced and in an aerodynamic position. Also, to keep the athelete’s hand and arm relaxed, the aid has a pressure point near the wrist which works to release tension as he rides, so he can be more confortable.

“With this arm perch, it puts my arm in a secure position and doesn’t allow it to move around. It takes the uncontrollable nature of my arm out of the equation and allows me to ride more comfortably and a lot faster”, Billy explained.

Allison wants to keep making athletics easier for people with disabilities by creating more customized and affordable assistive solutions.

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More info: http://www.titan3drobotics.com

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About the author

Allison Jones, from USA, is an engineer and a two-time gold medalist for the U.S. Paralympic team who developed 3D printed athletic devices to help her friend and teammate, Billy Lister, qualify for the Rio 2016 games.

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