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Prosthetic leg prototype Prototype

This is a Prototype. It was designed by Scott Summit and printed by 3D Systems. It is dated 2014 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is polyamide (nylon). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.


The underlying geometry of this prosthetic leg, derived from a 3D scan of the user’s opposite leg, restores body symmetry by accounting for the user’s unique anatomy. The creation of this prosthetic requires no medical specialists—only a tablet-based app and an easy-to-use scanner. The ease of this technology acknowledges the lack of trained specialists in many parts of the world. Further, it is at less risk for theft because it is custom-made for a particular user.

This object was donated by 3D Systems. It is credited Gift of 3D Systems.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 76.2 × 30.5 × 15.2 cm (30 × 12 × 6 in.)

Cite this object as

Prosthetic leg prototype Prototype; Designed by Scott Summit (American, b. 1967); polyamide (nylon); H x W x D: 76.2 × 30.5 × 15.2 cm (30 × 12 × 6 in.); Gift of 3D Systems; 2016-2-2

We have 2 videos that feature Prosthetic leg prototype Prototype.

Prosthetic Leg Demo

A demonstration of the 3D-printed prosthetic leg.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Collection Selects: Wyss Institute and Beautiful Users.

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