Virginia Teen Creates 3D-Printed, Accessible Prosthetics for Amputees

Virginia Teen Creates Affordable 3D-Printed Prosthetics for Amputees

Arav Bhargava, an 18-year-old, has designed cost-effective 3D-printed prosthetics with a universal fit to aid amputees in developing nations.

By Jim Fields
March 4, 2024

Approximately 40 million individuals in developing nations require prosthetic devices, yet only a mere 5% have access to them. Arav Bhargava, a high-school senior at The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, pointed out two primary obstacles: the exorbitant cost of prosthetics and limited availability of fitting and maintenance services.

“This situation is simply not viable in underdeveloped regions,” he emphasized.

In a proactive move, Bhargava created a 3D-printed universal-fit prosthetic tailored for individuals missing their lower arms. The design comes in a kit format containing all essential components required for assembly. 

“Every amputee can obtain their own kit and have a fully functional prosthetic for life,” he explained.

The aim is to ensure that each kit remains within the $40 price range.

Bhargava aims to forge partnerships to enhance the production and distribution of his kits to meet the needs of the approximately 40 million amputees worldwide. 

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