Teen Builds Prosthetic Hand for Boy from 3D Printer
A Kansas teen used a 3D printer to build a prosthetic hand for an 8-year-old who was born with only a thumb on his right hand. The boy, Matthew, has what is referred to as limb difference, which affects almost 5 out of every 10,000 births. Matthew was beginning to feel self-conscious about his hand with the continual attention from other children. Jennifer, Matthew's mom, found a picture of a "Robohand" online and knew the Johnson County Library offered free use of their 3D printer to patrons. Jennifer immediately thought of Mason Wilde, a 16-year-old who has a passion for engineering. Wilde helped Jennifer print off the plastic pieces and build the hand. Matthew slid the hand on and was instantly in love. Now kids question him not about what is wrong with his hand, but about his new "toy tool." Wilde hopes to invest in his own 3D printer so he can help more kids build new hands.
By Jordan Moses
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