In The News
July/August 2015 Issue
Scientific American Mind Magazine
One woman's story illustrates how hope, perseverance, and exoskeleton technology are revolutionizing disability.
February 23, 2015
Longevity Magazine: Amazing Amanda
Turning a no into a yes, one step at a time.
March 17, 2015
Al Jazeera America - The Stream
Meet Amanda Boxtel walking again after 18 years of paralysis
November 17, 2014
TED Blog ~ Mobility in its many forms: Inspiring words from the TEDCity2.0 Salon
Posted by: Tedstaff November 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm EST
“The wheelchair is a universal symbol for disability that’s been around for 1,500 years. For some people, it becomes their identity. … Imagine a day when a child that has limited mobility can go to a clinic, get a full-body scan and have a robot printed for them from the ground up. Imagine if this robot could be pulled on like a pair of pants, the undergarment of the future.”
—Amanda Boxtel of the Bridging Bionics Foundation, who advocates for customized bionic exoskeleton suits, having been paralyzed over two decades ago
July 2, 2014
3D Systems Bespoke Technology Receives International Design Excellence Awards Recognition
ROCK HILL, S.C., July 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that two of its Bespoke design applications have been awarded by the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) from the IDSA and Core77. Both the 3D printed personal Ekso robotic exoskeleton and Bespoke Braces for hand and wrist were recognized, with the Ekso being awarded Bronze in the Social Impact category.
The robotic exoskeleton announced by 3DS in February 2014 is the first-ever 3D printed hybrid robotic exoskeleton robotic suit, created in collaboration with Ekso Bionics. To create a perfect fit for Amanda Boxtel, the paraplegic patient, engineers scanned the contours of Amanda's thighs, shins and spine and created a personalized three-dimensional base to form the shape of the required assemblies. Sophisticated mechanical actuators and controls, manufactured and provided by Ekso Bionics, were then integrated with the more fluid components that were 3D printed from the customized scans to create the first ever bespoke suit.
June 29, 2014
Democratizing the Freedom of Mobility with 3D Printing
Amanda Boxtel's dream came true when she was able to walk again with the help of a 3D Printed exoskeleton made by Ekso Bionics and 3D Systems. She had been paralysed for 22 years, and you can imagine how it must have felt to take those first steps. Now she works as the executive director for Bridging Bionics Foundation, and together with Scott Summit from 3D Systems, they appeared at the Aspen Ideas Festival to talk about how 3D printing and robotics will democratize the freedom of mobility.
June 26, 2014
Aspen Ideas Festival
WALKING IN STYLE: MERGING 3D PRINTING AND FUNCTIONAL ROBOTICS
Integrating 3D printing capabilities with robotics opens new and unimaginable frontiers. Design engineers from 3D Systems Corporation have teamed up with Ekso Bionics, manufacturer of the bionic exoskeleton suit named EksoTM to develop a research project that will showcase the first partially 3D printed bionic exoskeleton in the world. This is an ongoing project, which explores how 3D printing design can bring us a step closer to fusing a person's biology and individuality with technology. Please join us for the first-ever global appearance of the newly designed 3D Printed Bionic Exoskeleton Suit.
February 18, 2014
3D Systems Prints First Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton Enabling Amanda Boxtel to Walk Tall
USA Science and Engineering Festival
April 24 - 27, 2014
Walter E Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.
United Airlines Hemispheres Magazine December Issue
Features - Blind Ambition; Author: Buddy Levy
ALONG WITH BOB WOODRUFF—the ABC News anchor who was severely wounded while reporting on the Iraq War in 2006—Amanda Boxtel is one of the Telluride summit’s biggest attractions. Paralyzed from the hips down by a skiing accident in 1992, Boxtel has gone on to become READ MORE