3D Printed Prosthetics
The parts are digitally modelled to fit a specific patient, allowing us to produce unique parts which are custom made to suit individual’s needs.
To print these 3D prosthetic parts, we are working with a type of plastic called Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, which has high tensile strength and is very resistant to physical impacts and chemical corrosion.
Once the parts have been 3D printed with ABS plastic, we further apply a post processing procedure to the print in the form of an acetone vapor bath to strengthen all the printed components. We are also able to reprint any part of the prosthetic part if it breaks or is damaged.
The 3D hand is available to patients who have suffered partial hand and trans radial amputations. Due to costs involved of traditional prosthetic devices many amputees cannot afford a functional prosthesis. The 3D hand will increase access to patients, due to the cost effectiveness in the manufacturing of the parts.
Social Development Project
Marissa Nel & Associates is excited about the launch of this unique social development project commencing in the Eastern Cape in 2021.
Marissa Nel & Associates will be manufacturing and fitting customised 3D printed hands for children in need, enabling them to participate in school and sport activities.
The 3D printed hand will change the lives of children who have previously sat out of activities like playing cricket or tennis as they could not hold the bat or ball.
In our commitment to improving quality of life, we believe this project will allow these children to explore every opportunity presented to them socially.