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Volunteers Create Kid's 3D Printed IRON MAN Prosthetic Hand

If your hand is damaged or deformed and you need a prosthetic hand, you have a serious problem. But children who need prosthetic hands have even more serious problems. Prosthetic hands can cost over $8,000, and might not be covered by insurance. On top of that, the children can outgrow the hand quickly, leading to additional expenses throughout their lives. That's where the e-NABLE Organization has changed everything. It's a group of volunteers around the world who use 3D printers and CAD design to make custom prosthetic hands for a fraction of the cost; often less than $50. They'll even print the hand and ship it to children who don't have access to a 3D printer. That was the case for Keith Harris, a boy whose birth defect caused his fingers on his right hand to fuse together and not fully form. Thanks to e-Nable, he was able to get a robotic hand in less than a month. They even covered the $45 cost.


But Pat Starace took this movement to the next level by creating a prosthetic hand that is not only functional and cheap, but also extremely cool. He created a 3D prosthetic hand design based on Iron Man's gauntlet. It can not only grasp objects, but incorporates lights to simulate Iron Man's lasers and thrusters. Frankly, it looks so cool that I want one.


This video goes into the process in more detail


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5 comments:

  1. Fire lasers!
    Wow, that hand is more wired than most phones were ten years ago. What a great idea for a kid.

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  2. That is way cool! It's a fantastic idea.

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  3. What a fascinating story. Cool gadgets serving such noble purposes.

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  4. Does he graduate to Darth Vader when he gets older?

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  5. They're all so pretty! Great activities for kids. These days, most would just keep them occupied...and quiet playing games on their ipads

    fun Activities for Kids

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