Monday, 24 March 2014

A new life - Amanda Boxtel


Amanda Boxtel, a citizen of Aspen Colorado was just 24 years old when she met with an accident while skiing and found out that she was paralyzed from the waist and will not be able to walk for the rest of her life.  The injury had a great impact on her spinal cord which took away her walking ability.

But 3D Systems have a magic wand which has made her life much easier by designing the first ever 3D printed hybrid Exoskeleton suit for Amanda. This has been possible with the teamwork of EksoBionics, Budapest and 3D Systems. This suit was dreams come true as it was a perfect fit for her. The measurements of Amanda’s legs, shins, waist and spine were taken by the designers as 3D scans. This suit has all the genuine mechanical actuators and controls by EksoBionics. As per Amanda, this suit is the perfect example of the collaboration of the human creativity and technology that has resulted in a very fashionable, stunning and beautiful design. Even today even if Amanda is paralyzed, she can stand tall with the help of her robotic suit. The suit has two devices that look like a cane which help her walk in a very normal way. Amanda has thought that she would never walk again but the technology and her willpower has done miracles. Amanda Boxtel says that she is overwhelmed by the idea and is grateful and excited that she could walk again and make history by becoming the first person to walk with a 3D printed robotic suit designed especially for her.

Now Amanda has a new energy and she spreads her message to never give up in life and today she works for a company who are can bridge the human life with exoskeletons to make a world the better place to live.