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Prosthetic Leg Prototype, 2014

This is a Prosthetic leg prototype. It was designed by Scott Summit and printed by 3D Systems. It is dated 2014 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is selective laser-sintered polyamide (nylon). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The underlying geometry of this prosthetic leg was derived from a 3D scan of the user’s opposite leg, and thus restores body symmetry and accounts for the user’s unique anatomy. Creating this prosthetic requires no medical specialists—just a tablet-based app and an easy-to-use scanner. Trained specialists are rare in many parts of the world. Because this limb is custom-made for a particular user, the product is a lower theft risk than a standard prosthetic.

This object was donated by 3D Systems. It is credited Gift of 3D Systems.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 76.2 × 30.5 × 15.2 cm (30 × 12 × 6 in.)

Cite this object as

Prosthetic Leg Prototype, 2014; Designed by Scott Summit (American, b. 1967); selective laser-sintered polyamide (nylon); H x W x D: 76.2 × 30.5 × 15.2 cm (30 × 12 × 6 in.); Gift of 3D Systems; 2016-2-2

We have 2 videos that feature Prosthetic Leg Prototype, 2014.

Prosthetic Leg Demo

A demonstration of the 3D-printed prosthetic leg.

In addition to Collection Selects: Wyss Institute, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Beautiful Users.

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