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Life-changing effort gets 3D printed limbs to kids

Feb 03, 2017, 5:14 AM EST
(Source: Erin/flickr)
(Source: Erin/flickr)

An innovative, noble project has joined some 10,000 volunteers globally to bring 3D-printed prosthetic hands to those people, mainly kids, who have unfortunately lost their limbs. In around 40 countries, volunteer organization E-nable connects the companies or individuals, who have 3D printers with people in need for prosthetic limbs.

The project works on a simple model whereby open-source designs are shared online allowing anyone with a 3D printer to print and assemble the assistive device for the needy their locality, reports Seeker.

As part of the initiative, Stephen Davies and Drew Murray, founders of Team UnLimbited that produces and offers free prosthetic limbs, open sourced a hand and forearm blueprint so that others can print the pattern and contribute to the cause. The technology is being hailed as a “godsend” in developing countries as it makes available a critical body part at just $50 and allows an easy upgrade to a next size when the user needs that.

These mechanical hands, although not as functional or durable as their commercial versions, allow enough movements to pick objects, which can have a life-changing impact on the users, writes the BBC.

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