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Markforged Leverages 3D Printing Technology to Assist Veterans with Disabilities

November 11, 2022
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Automation Alley member Markforged is working with the VA to help veterans with disabilities through additive manufacturing, specifically those who experience difficulties using their hands to write. The company has developed 3D printed assistive technology that can be quickly modified to suit each individual.

The Customer

The Central Virginia VA Health Care System seeks to improve the lives of military heroes through innovation. For eligible veterans and active duty service members impacted by disabilities, the Assistive Technology team aims to offset the impact of disability and improve quality of life through services including evaluation, clinical intervention, and training.

To accomplish this, the team employs assisted technologies such as electronic cognitive devices, adapted automobile equipment, adapted sports and
recreation equipment, electronic aids to daily living, augmentative and alternative communication equipment, and adaptive computer access tools.

The Challenge

Using a pen is important in everyday life. But while many take it for granted, some veterans and active duty service members have afflictions that compromise grip strength, motor skills, or hand dexterity — limiting their ability to hold pens.

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