WREX, an Exoskeleton for Children with Disabilities Created with a 3D Printer

The 3D printers they have become a rather curious technology which many follow the track. The ability to print any 3D object opens up a world of possibility and although a priori seems that its use is limited to playfulness there are those who seek it new ways of producing, among other things, reduce costs and make it easier.

Using this gadget, a team of researchers has created WREX, an exoskeleton that serves as a prosthesis for children with disabilities and problems when it comes to pick up objects. An interesting project that does not seek to apply as a medical panacea, but rather as an alternative when creating this type of medical equipment.

To demonstrate its effectiveness, its creators have recorded a short video where we can see the use of this exoskeleton in a child with arthrogryposis, a congenital disease that affects one in 3,000 births and is characterized by a series of contractions of birth that affects the joints from the extremities.

The ability to quickly print parts makes that as children grow they can introduce new parts in a simple way. To date, fifteen children use WREX to make your life a little easier. It is not intended to be a definitive solution to the arthrogryposis but the project is a further step in solving this problem.