American 3D printing firm 3D Systems has created a robotic suit that combines printed parts with motorised components to help paralysed patients stand and walk.

3D Systems claimed that its Ekso-Suit, which fits onto the user's legs and back to support the natural walking motion, is the "first ever 3D printed hybrid Exoskeleton robotic suit".

The suit was custom-designed for a specific "test pilot" called Amanda Boxtel, who was paralysed from the waist-down after a skiing accident in 1992.

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