This started with Project Daniel. A young Sudanese boy lost his arms in a bombing in his community. Mick Ebeling heard about the boy and created a 3D printer that works with a laptop to 3D print the boy a hand, and Daniel could successfully use it soon after. Not Impossible now prints prosthetics like these for other amputees, and the company uses a perpetual crowdfunding site to help with healthcare issues that seemed impossible to tackle before. It only costs $100 to print a limb. By teaching the community how to use the 3D printer, they can learn how to do it themselves.
Image: Not Impossible Labs
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Lyndsey Gilpin is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers sustainability, tech leadership, 3D printing, and social entrepreneurship. She's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks.