Benefits Within Morocco
The study of Prosthetics and Orthotics is an up and coming field, and there are already several countries investing in programs. Although there are programs available in Morocco, they have not yet been recognized by the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics. By bringing attention to the need for affordable prosthetics in Morocco will not only help those in need now but will also lift up those in the field so that they may continue the work themselves.
Prosthetics can usually cost someone anywhere from 5,000 USD to 50,000 USD and can add up over a lifetime due to the need for replacements. With 3D printing, prosthetics are not only made more cost effectively, but can also be made at a faster rate with more attention to each individuals’ needs. Filament for 3D printers start off at around 20 USD, and there are a variety of materials that can be used from plastic to some forms of titanium.
Within the variety of filaments that are available when 3D printing, one specific filament is made out of 100% recycled plastic, and happens to be compatible with the design needs for a prosthetic limb. As a child or adult continues on in their lives, a prosthetic limb must often be changed out. These old prosthetics could be sterilized and melted down to create filament for future projects, reducing waste significantly.