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Industrial designer Scott Summit, of Summit ID, creates incredibly beautiful prosthetic pieces. They are created on a 3D printer, with the user’s other limbs as a point of reference, resulting in beautifully symmetric limbs.  

His philosophy of creating personal and elegant rather than mass-produced, functional pieces really shows through the grace of his work.  

Some of the more beautiful things that come out of this philosophy range from recreating a tattoo that was lost to matching a purse to looking like a piece of sport equipment: whatever is important and personal to the wearer’s life become reflected in their new prosthetic limb. 

(Listen to his Ted Talk here)

Scott Summit is doing it again (last time it was trulybeautiful prosthetic limbs; last June, the 3D Systems designer announced plans to create “Bespoke” an elegant approach to the back braces used to correct scoliosis.

Four years in the making, the project recently fitted 22 patients of Children’s Hospital of Oakland, CA with their beautiful, durable work.  Creating something visually appealing and tailored to their body can have a huge impact on scoliosis patients, many of whom avoid wearing their braces because of how uncomfortable they feel and awkward they look.

Beauty in healing is so important, and it’s incredible to see how new technology is changing the face of disability.  

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Inspiring blend of tech and geek

When it comes to still life / product photography, it’s projects like this that get me excited. These prosthetic limbs were designed by Scott Summit of Bespoke and backed by 3D printing systems. Both limbs shown were created by 3D printing and the metal one was chrome plated afterwards. Scott’s a product design guru of sorts and a long time client of mine.

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Astonishing artificial limbs created by Scott Summit

    Maybe using the word “astonishing” as an adjective for the following artificial limbs was not the smartest choice, since when a person has an artificial limb usually implies that he or she was involved in an unfortunate event. But if we manage to take the best from the worst situation, these artificial limbs are definitely pieces of art that will bring a drop of joy in the life of suffering people. The designer of these limbs is Scott Summit, a designer with 20 years old experience in the field. He used 3D printing technology to create one of a kind artificial limbs for each of the patients. Even more, he allows each patient to bring their own ideas on how they can customize the shape or the design of the prosthetis.

    Although an artificial leg or an artificial arm can’t replace the look or the feel of actual pieces of our body, they can bring a lot of personality and appreciation. When I first saw the title of the gallery on imgur.com I was not sure what to expect. But after seeing just few of these images I understood that they represent a statement about us, as humans. We will keep our heads up even through the strongest storm, because above everything else, life is the most important gift that we carry with us on this Earth.

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    Galería | Prótesis artísticas

    Con las posibilidades de diseño y personalización que ofrece la impresión 3D, el paciente ya no tiene por qué resignarse a llevar una prótesis fea, fría e impersonal.

    Las creaciones del diseñador  industrial Scott Summitson piezas que forman parte del cuerpo y la personalidad de quienes la usan.

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    INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER SCOTT SUMMIT MAKES BEAUTIFUL PROSTHETICS.

    Prosthetics can’t replicate the look and feel of lost limbs but they can carry a lot of personality. At TEDxCambridge, Scott Summit shows 3D-printed, individually designed prosthetic legs that are unabashedly artificial and completely personal – from macho to fabulous. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)

    Scott Summit uses his 20 years of experience as an industrial designer to make artificial limbs that help people take personal control of these intimate objects.

    Scott Summit is the founder and chief technology officer of Bespoke Innovations. Founded in 2010 in collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon, their focus is to create individualized artificial limbs that the patients themselves can choose and personalize. With more than 20 patents to his name, he has held faculty positions at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and Singularity University. He is also the founder of industrial design firm Summit ID.

    http://www.bespokeinnovations.com/

    It looks like a traditional acoustic guitar, but it’s actually made with 3D printing. Scott Summit created this 3D model of a guitar from his laptop. He was surprised to find that despite his skepticism, it actually produced high-quality sound. It’s the first 3D printed acoustic guitar in the world, and it opens up the possibility that one could use software to customize the ideal guitar and then send it off to professional 3D printers and have it turn up at their doorsteps, ready for its first jam session.

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    Tecnologia e design a favor de uma vida melhor.

    A perda de um membro do corpo certamente não é uma situação simples para ninguém. Seja por culpa de um acidente, de uma doença grave ou mesmo por condição genética, as pessoas que sofrem a perda de uma perna, por exemplo, precisam conhecer novamente a capacidade do seu corpo e se superar a cada dia. Graças à medicina, existem algumas soluções úteis como as próteses mecânicas.
    Porém, por mais que sejam úteis, geralmente as “pernas substitutas” tentam imitar o corpo humano, reproduzindo cores, formas e em alguns casos, até a textura da pele.
    Contrariando esta teoria, o designer Scott Summit criou um estúdio para fabricar próteses assumidamente mecânicas, transformando um recurso da medicina em uma peça autoral. Através do molde 3D da perna real do paciente, Scott cria a base do novo membro sintético. A partir daí, a peça é projetada com base em gostos, histórico e informações pessoais. Todo o Design e o material utilizado servem para realizar este mix entre ergonomia e estética, obtendo resultados incríveis.
    O preço final varia entre 4 e 6 mil dólares. E cada criação é única.

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    scott summit speaks at singularity university on 3d printing.

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    Designing Confidence

    The innovative work of Scott Summit demonstrates how 3D Printing and digital scanning can be used to greatly improve Prosthetic design.

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    Prosthetics can’t replicate the look and feel of lost limbs but they can carry a lot of personality. At TEDxCambridge, Scott Summit shows 3D-printed, individually designed prosthetic legs that are unabashedly artificial and completely personal – from macho to fabulous.

    Scott Summit uses his 20 years of experience as an industrial designer to make artificial limbs that help people take personal control of these intimate objects.