For many years, make-up artists have been involved with make-up and prosthetics designed to help people dealing with burns, disfigurements and amputations. BBC News reports that Open Bionics recently won the UK James Dyson Award with an innovative approach to prosthetic limbs for amputees. Joel Gibbard, creator of Open Bionics, has developed a prototype for a 3-D-printed robotic hand that can be created in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of traditional prosthetics. The hand, printed of thermoplastic elastomer—a flexible rubbery plastic—detects muscle movements via sensors and uses them to control its grip.
See the full story on BBC.
Check out our story on 3-D printing advances in Issue 103 and our story on medical make-up and prosthetics in Issue 80. For more on artists doing this type of work, look for our Giving Back issue, coming out Nov. 10.