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German paralympian to use 3D-printed prosthesis in Rio

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 01:33

German Paralympian Denise Schindler tests a 3D-printed prosthesis, hoping to use it at the Rio Olympics in summer. Edward Baran reports.

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STORY: German paralympic cyclist Denise Schindler is training hard for Rio But these Olympics will be different for her -- she plans to use a 3D-printed leg prosthesis instead of a conventional one. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN PARALYMPIC CYCLIST DENISE SCHINDLER, SAYING: "It feels different when I cycle due to its quality. But we are on the right path to reach the right stiffness and aerodynamic. The new prosthesis is also lighter and that is also an advantage when competing." The manufacturing process starts with the scanning of the stump followed by the design of the prosthesis through a special computer program called Fusion 360. The software is designed by American company Autodesk which says the 3D prosthesis is a revolutionary step forward (SOUNDBITE) (German) MICKEY WAKEFIELD AUTODESK APPLICATIONS ENGINEER, MICKEY WAKEFIELD, SAYING: "The advantage of having data is that we can send this digital information to another prosthesis maker who can correct things without the presence of the person. When it is ready it can be printed relatively easy everywhere in the world with a 3D printer." Schindler, who lost the lower part of her leg in an accident when she was two, recently presented the new prosthesis to US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN PARALYMPIC CYCLIST DENISE SCHINDLER, SAYING: "I was surprised to see how informed the president was about the issue. He was very positive about it," Those behind it say the idea of the new method of production is to make sports-prostheses cheaper and more accessible for everyone. And Denise Schindler's new 3D-printed prosthesis is set to get the ultimate test when she hits the velodrome in Rio.

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German paralympian to use 3D-printed prosthesis in Rio

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 01:33