Molding a Future: How Prosthetic Limbs are Made

This is part of an ongoing series highlighting the innovations and research happening at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

By Yolanda R. Arrington
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The use of prosthetic limbs dates back centuries. These devices have helped the wounded return to daily life, hobbies and, in many cases, service to the country. One place that’s perfecting the construction and use of prosthetics is the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

In this video, Dave Beachler, ‎lead prosthetist and upper extremity specialist at WRNMMC, shows the five steps of making prostheses.

Video by Air Force SSgt. Da’Nette Bruton

Next week, we’ll highlight how WRNMMC is creating unique prosthetic attachments using 3-D printers.

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