The VA uses 3-D printing to help veterans

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 3-D printing is changing the lives of paralyzed veterans in Virginia.

Engineers, one with Mcguire VA hospital, recently unveiled 3-D printer projects at a veterans healthcare conference in DC.

They’re using the 3-D printers to create customized mechanical parts that would otherwise take more time and money to manufacture.

Benjamin Salatin, a Rehabilitation Engineer with the VA explained the demand for the parts

“We needed a better way to mount their cell phone or maybe hold a smart home device to their chair.”

Engineers say they hope to see the VA create regional 3-D printing centers across the U.S.

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