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The abilities of an athlete are often something rather superhuman; more than what an ordinary person can acheive. Thus it’s a very interesting concept by Chris Mann to turn the elements of the endoskeleton into an exoskeleton in a project named Human Quarter-Mile, mimicking the energy and propulsion function of our muscles and tendons in a 3D printed hardware format. As the worlds of 3D printing for healthcare and fitness technology move forward, there will be more and more crossover between between the two. This may be the example of such the case. As it is now, this project is an innovative, long researched, and well executed design to enhance what is already present the body.

To mimic the muscles, tendons, and nervous input from the body, 3D printed reinforcements are individualized where the place of these structures are beneath our skin. A shoe mimics the intricate network of musculotendonous structures that make up your individualized limb; after measurements each product is printed for the individual. A testament to the design is that in test it did not fall apart during running, when approximately 2.5 times your body weight is forced into each limb. The ‘shoe’ is described as an “energy storage and release/delivery system,” mimicking how the process of energy is released through musculotendonous structures in our own systems.

This amazing product is still in the development phase, accepting donations to further the project.

Please watch the video below for an insight into the intricate assembly of the frame:

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/141372511″>HQM_Introduction</a&gt; from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/christophermann”>Christopher Mann</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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