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3D Printing Society create prosthetic hand for young girl

Monday 03-04-2017 - 14:42
Prosthetic hand

Our 3D Printing Society have made a revolutionary new prosthetic hand for a young girl in need! 

After assembling their first prosthetic hand with the purpose of giving it to charity, it was only a matter of time before our 3D Printing Society was asked to work on a project to demonstrate how this technology can be used to have an impact on the community. 

Following a shared news story on the Huddersfield Examiner about the success of their first design project, the society received a message from family man, Dave, who requested their support in creating a prosthetic hand for his granddaughter.

This was a great opportunity for our students to really make a difference to someone who needed their support! How amazing is that?

10-year-old Kelsie never thought she'd have a right hand again after trying several unsuccessful prosthetics. Now she can shake hands and play with her toys without the support of her family. She mastered using the device in just minutes and is now looking forward to a brighter future.

Traditional prosthetics can cost tens of thousands of pounds to be manufactured and shipped across the UK. Our prosthetic model was designed right here on campus and delivered to their front door.

It was great to see our society members there to celebrate with a SURPRISE PARTY! We brought some party essentials and members, Damian. T and Jon. C, were on hand to prepare the special event.  

So, what’s next?

The society is planning to take their research to the next level by creating other types of prosthetics. They recently got in touch with Open Bionics and hope to work with them soon to have advanced Bionic Hands that others can use.

Read all about the design and assembly of the prosthetic hand here.

Ready to make a difference?

Check out the 3D Printing Society page and join the group for yourself.

(Information is taken from the 3D Printing Society) 

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