Northwell Health’s ‘The FIN’ is the world’s first amphibious 3D printed prosthetic leg. It’s made from carbon fiber enhanced nylon and was 3D printed using 3HTI/Markforged’s printing technology. It’s compatible with land or water, which means you can freely move in and out of the water without having to remove their prosthetic leg. “My hope is that this device creates unforeseen opportunities for amputees everywhere. This study is the first step in making this innovative prosthetic available to the millions of amputees looking to return to the water,” said Todd Goldstein, Prosthetic Designer at Northwell Health stated. Read more for a video and additional information.
“The FIN has cone-shaped holes on the sides. These holes let wearers of the prosthetic manage the speed of propulsion by controlling the amount of water passing through the prosthetic. To make the prosthetic person-specific, the holes can be narrowed or widened,” reports 3D Printing Industry.