3D Printing Prosthetics for Kids

3D printing will change the world we live in. Ever since the day a popular 3D printing technology patent expired, it grew so fast. The technology has massively evolved and became so much more affordable than before that even a regular consumer can afford a 3D printer and be able to create their own products or even “download” things online.

What’s great about 3D printing technology is that you can design virtually anything you want and print it as long as your printer can handle it. In theory, there is nothing impossible to print, though the quality and the time it takes to print something varies. Quality is mostly affected depending on the type of chosen filament for 3D printers. In case you don’t know, different types of filament produce different results, but we’re not going to discuss that here.

What we are going to discuss is what 3D printing of today is capable of making: prosthetics.

Prosthetics for kids costs thousands of dollars and only few can afford it. But this nonprofit organization called e-NABLE is making affordable 3D printed prosthetic hands and now, they are giving it away for free!

The video below tells the story of the child named Kieran, his life before and after he received the prosthetic hand:

As you can see in the video, the hands are well-made and solidly built. They are fully functional and making them will only cost one around a hundred dollars, far cheaper compared to modern prosthetics of today that can cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

In this video, we can see that the kids who were unable to live their life to the fullest are now capable of doing so. They are not bullied anymore and they even get the looks of a superhero. According to the video, the hands were intentionally made to look like a normal human hand at all, it was made so that the kids can’t only live a better life, but also to give them a “heroic” feeling. This is really great as this encourages them that no matter your status in life, as long as you have a strong will, hope and determination, you can overcome anything.

If you want to help contribute to the project, head over to LimbForge. You can also print your own – visit http://enablingthefuture.org/wrist-powered/ for more information on how to do that.

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