3D Printed RoboHand

Richard Van As from Johannesburg, South Africa and Ivan Owen from Bellingham, WA have teamed up to develop 3D printed prosthetic hands for children with congenital deformities.  Van As, who had lost several fingers while working with a table saw and could not afford an expensive prosthetic, created an artificial finger with materials from his shop but continued searching for someone to fix his hand. When he saw a video of Ivan Owen demonstrating a new puppet that used steel cables to mimic a user’s movements, Van As reached out and the two men began working together. During this time, a woman called about her son who was born without fingers on his right hand. Van As and Owen agreed to help and, with a donated 3D printer from MakerBot, the two men were able to design a “Robohand” for the woman’s son. They have since posted the design and instructions online for public use.

(Source: NPR)

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