Prosthetic eye are currently made from glass and acrylic and can take a long time to make and ate also expensive with each one costing around £3,000.
Now a company in the UK, Fripp Design, is working with the Manchester Metropolitan University on 3D printed prosthetic eyes, which could make the cost of these prosthetic eyes considerably cheaper and also quicker to produce.
These new 3D printed prosthetic eyes are printed in full color using a Spectrum Z-Corp 510, they are encased in resin and then each one is then customized.
The prosthetic eyes are all produced with a slightly different hue, this makes it possible for them to be matched with existing eyes and also the come with a network of veins, giving them a close as possible look to the patients existing eye.
What makes the technology so interesting is the reduction in cost, current prosthetic eyes are round £3,000 to produce, where as these new 3D printed versions can be produced for around £100 each.
The 3D printed prosthetic eyes are expected to go into production with the next year, once the development work has been finished by the company and the university.
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