3D printed Elle prosthetic leg for swimmers comes as a boon

Elle prosthetic leg for swimmers

Elle prosthetic leg for swimmers

When we talk of 3D printing and prosthetics, it has been prosthetic limbs like arms and legs that have dominated the scene. Now there is a prosthetic swimming leg for amputees that allows them to swim again. Developed by Della Tosin, LA-based product designer with degree from the Art Center College, the prosthetic swimming leg dubbed as Elle provides balance, strength and practicality. Along with the prosthetic, it comes with a wearable suit that assists single-leg amputees in competing with regular swimmers. Apparently Elle is also competing in the James Dyson Foundation 2014 innovation competition.

Elle prosthetic leg for swimmers

Made from carbon fiber composite material

Elle prosthetic leg is multi-functional and can be used by people of any weight, size and disability in the leg. This prosthetic is designed in such a way that it reduces the buoyancy exerted by upward water pressure and allows for longer sessions while swimming. Elle is made from 3D printing using elastene-nylon and polyurethane material that help in increasing the buoyancy. To make the prosthetic leg strong it is laid with water-proof carbon fiber composite material.

Elle prosthetic leg for swimmers

Perfectly tailored for swimmers

This prosthetic has been developed by working with three different people: Kenneth a swimming instructor, Rose a single-leg swimmer and Vardan a prosthesis expert. After collecting all the information the final design was done and it was kept in mind that the prosthetic leg had to function like a normal leg would do. For this she incorporated adjustable air chamber for control of buoyancy and position in water. The prosthetic leg also has a special mechanism that helps the swimmer in launching through the water while swimming.

Elle prosthetic leg for swimmers

Elle prosthetic leg for swimmers

Elle prosthetic leg for swimmers

Elle prosthetic leg for swimmers

Elle prosthetic leg for swimmers

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