Halfmoon company develops technology to 3D print prosthetics

Halfmoon company develops technology to 3D print prosthetics

HALFMOON, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Precision Valve & Automation (PVA) in Halfmoon is filled  with high-tech robots and machinery, including a 3D printer that builds something quite simple, yet life changing.

Tony Hynes, PVA’s CEO explained, “This would attach to someone who’s lost their limb below the knee. You can print this, reinforce it, build someone a leg, and it will meet the same standard as prosthetic hardware.”

Hynes has developed the technology behind 3D printed prosthetics. Normally, it would take six to eight weeks to build something similar, and it’s usually done by hand. His printer can do the job in three hours. Reinforced with fiberglass wrap, the piece has already been put to the test in clinical settings.

Rick Noel, the director of PVA Med added, “The patient was quite amazed because they’ve been a prosthetic patient for several decades. They felt like this was one of the more comfortable ones.”

The need for the technology is huge and not just in the U.S.

“There are about 100,000 amputees in Ukraine already, 20% of those are children,” Hynes said.

Hynes believes, as global conflicts grow abroad, the 3D machine is ground zero for an inexpensive and efficient solution that can help treat amputees. “We want to do our part. The need is extraordinary. Now we have wars in Gaza where you’ll see an extraordinary number of amputees,” he said.

Through donations, PVA has committed to building 30 printers to send overseas to Ukraine. PVA will send over two of those machines per month. Initially, the non-profit group Superhumans Center in Lviv, Ukraine, will get the machines and handle the training with the help of Northwell Health.


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