Shapeways, New York, a 3D-printing service, has begun supplying market-ready orthoses and prostheses to designers and businesses. The company is partnering with EOS, Germany, a global technology company for industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Shapeways will use EOS’ PA11, a biodegradable, nylon material derived from castor oil known for its elastic and impact-resistant properties to create customized parts such as prostheses, braces, insoles, and other exterior medical needs.
“Expanding our reach to the medical industry to make life-changing enhancements available is something we could have only imagined when we first opened our doors,” said Greg Kress, CEO of Shapeways. “This is what the 3D-printing industry has been working towards…..”