3D Systems and Ekso Bionics Help Man and Machine Walk as One

3D printing, with its amazing versatility, has the ability to create the perfect junction, to create harmony. 3D Systems explores ways to apply these connections for the betterment of society and the greater well-being of its citizens. Such is the motivation behind 3D Systems’ recent exploratory partnership with Ekso Bionics, as the two come together to fully integrate paraplegics with an amazing machine that helps them stand tall. 

Upon first glance, the Ekso™ bionic suit may appear as the stuff of science fiction: a rigid exoskeleton shaded with human form and the metallic sheen of a robot. Yet this remarkable creation, the work of Ekso Bionics, is quite real, and it’s changing the lives of individuals with any degree of lower extremity weakness. Ekso allows those who cannot walk alone to walk again.

So many of us take standing and walking for granted, yet for those who cannot rise out of a wheel chair, those abilities mean everything. “The first time that I donned Ekso, I strapped the device on and I stood up. That was a defining moment,” says Amanda Boxtel in a video by Ekso Bionics.

Over 20 years ago Amanda suffered a devastating spinal cord injury on a snowy Colorado ski slope. Since then she’s been in a wheel chair until Ekso Bionics made her a test pilot for its exoskeletal suit.

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