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Dad 3D prints a $10 prosthetic for his boy

Prosthetic hand mod

Prosthetic hand mod (Photo credit: atomic-kitteh)

If you did not think 3D printing, adaptive manufacturing, was going to change everything a special effects artist and father is proof that it is going to be incredibly disruptive.  A father built a prosthetic hand for his 12-year-old son using a 3-D printer. He was able to build a a $20000 prosthetic hand for around $10 worth of materials.

Paul McCarthy, from Marblehead Massachusetts, made the inexpensive yet functional prosthetic hand for his son Leon, who was born without fingers on one of his hands. The family had been told when Leon was very young that he needed to get used to using his hand without prosthetics and try to acquire a full range of abilities and motion, but a doctor recently said they should start looking at prosthetic options.


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