A team of University of Michigan researchers led by Dr. Albert Shih are developing ways to manufacture orthotics with 3D printing. Orthotics can range from a foot brace to wrist support for carpal tunnel syndrome. Currently it can take up to two weeks from diagnosis to treatment for these individuals to receive their orthotics. Michigan Engineers are working on a new 3D printing method that can potentially reduce this fabrication process to a one day visit for patients. This new method changes the traditional way that items are 3D printed, making parts lighter while at the same time drastically reducing production time without sacrificing strength or flexibility.
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