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This Non-Profit is Making Affordable 3D Printed Limb Prosthetics Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

When we found out about Million Waves Project, we had to let our readers know about it. This non-profit organization is solving two serious problems with one innovative solution: they’re making affordable prosthetic limbs out of recycled ocean plastic.

As you can imagine, prosthetics are incredibly expensive. In America, it can cost $5,000 to $50,000 to fit, build, and deliver just one prosthetic limb, leaving Americans with average incomes struggling or unable to get a prosthetic at all. In developing countries, there is currently a shortage of 40,000 trained prosthetists, so not only is getting a prosthetic expensive, but most people don’t even have access to someone who can help even if they could afford it. To make it worse, since the majority of work available to people in developing countries involves physical labor, if they can’t walk or grasp, they can’t work. But 3D printing is changing the game, and Million Waves Project is taking full advantage.

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