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Dec 5

Keating’s first 3D Printed Leg

Mark and I rescued Keating from a shelter in Chattanooga, TN in 2014 so Mark could make legs for him as he grew. For the first five years of his life, Keating had the best prosthesis ever – each leg he made was comfortable and strong, and Keating walked and ran great. Mark even made a pirate peg leg of willow wood to go with his pirate costume.

From the start of our company, we wanted to advance our technology and
explore 3d printing. We bought a printer and began learning the
technology. Rick Sevier from Tulsa, Oklahoma initially helped us with scanning
attempts and working on our 3d printer. I was able to learn a lot
from Rick at his 3d printing classes for prosthetics & orthotics at his Steampunk Bionics
Academy
. Our printer wasn’t the greatest though, and our initial
efforts were put on the back burner as our business grew.

In the summer of 2019, the goal of 3d printing Keating’s leg bubbled back to
the top of the list. When our 3d printer wouldn’t work, I called Logan
Mace at the recently opened Maker Space at our local community college, West
Virginia University of Parkersburg (WVUP) and he made it happen!

Keating now has a new 3d printed leg and does very well with it. Thank you
to everyone who has helped us reach our goal – especially Logan Mace at WVUP.
The marketing team at WVUP are also miracle workers and produced a great video
on the process.

We are continuing to improve and modify the flexible liner, design of
the socket and leg, and are printing them in our Belpre, Ohio office. Thanks
again to Rick Sevier as I attended another of his classes and heeded his advice
on printer and filament selections. Both Rick and Logan are always available to
help us through tough spots and get us to the next level.

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