Eastman collaborating with university in Korea to produce 3D prosthetic hands for underserved children

SEOUL, South Korea, February 25, 2016 – Through the power of Eastman materials and the creativity of students at a university in Korea, underserved children in Asia who need prosthetic hands will soon have easier access to them.

Eastman Chemical Company recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chung-Ang University on a collaborative project where the school will use 3D printing technology at its Seoul campus to produce prosthetic hands with Eastman Amphora™ 3D polymer, an advanced thermoplastic that is ideal for a wide spectrum of 3D printing applications. Eastman introduced Amphora in 2014 and it has become a preferred material for 3D printing, as it not only offers superior strength but also enables the ability to make finely detail items, with low odor and low emissions.

Leaders from Eastman and Chung-Ang gathered recently to sign the MOU at the university’s new “Creative Factory” in Seoul, where faculty members and students will soon print and assemble the prosthetic hands. Those Eastman leaders also participated in the grand opening ceremony for the Creative Factory.

“Eastman is committed to making a difference in the communities where we operate and improving the well-being of the people who live in those communities,” said Dante Rutstrom, vice president and managing director of Eastman Asia Pacific. “That’s why this opportunity to work with Chung-Ang University is so exciting. We look forward to the day when children will have their lives empowered through the work that will be done at the Creative Factory.”

Rutstrom said Amphora has properties that make it a perfect match for this application. He noted the many benefits of this tough thermoplastic, including the fact that it complies with some U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations for food contact applications and is styrene-free.

Eastman and Chung-Ang will collaborate with a non-governmental organization to coordinate distribution and fitting of the prostheses.

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