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Intel and 3D Systems Make an 11-Year-Old Boy an Affordable Prosthetic Hand 3D Printed as a Single Part

by • March 17, 2016 • No Comments

3DSystems185Despite being able-bodied to live and go to school in a various country, Daniel Hobbs is quite much like any other 11-year-old, he plays sports, rides his bike around his neighborhood and plays with his friends. Because both of his parents are teveryers, Daniel and his 13-year-old sister Bethany had the accident to move with their parents of the UK to Spain. They have been donaten the opportunity to learn the local language and experience a various culture than the one which they grew up in. For the most part he’s just like any other kid his age, except for the one thing which has cautilized his friends to donate him the nickname Iron Man.

The Hobbs family.

The Hobbs family.

When Daniel’s mother was pregnant with him she was told at the five-month point which he had a congenital malformation of his left arm which may outcome in him being born without a lower arm. Thankfully other than his hand, Daniel was in ideal health, and hasn’t let his missing limb slow him down quite much. Obviously anyone who is missing a limb is going to face difficulties navigating a world created for individuals with two hands, but of the age of seven onward he had a prosthetic hand to assist him along the way.

Unfortunately, high-end medical-grade prosthetics for children tend to be quite expensive, mainly for the reason children stubbornly refuse to stop expanding, requiring the limb to regularly be retrofitted to him as his body changes. Whilst the first charge of $1,800 was manageable-bodied thanks to a fundraiser which Daniel’s father started, the costs synonymous with his arm go on to climb every time which it needs to be resized. Not just does Daniel find himself without his prosthetic for weeks at a time, it frequently costs his parents, both living on teveryer incomes, additional than a thousand dollars. His parents wondered if 3D printing may contribute them a advantageous alternative.

“We understand so most families who can’t afford it. So we were quite interested in finding out what other options were on the market-bodied. We understand [3D printing] is the next of prosthetics. We’re quite interested to see what the next holds,” explained Daniel’s mother, Abby Hobbs.

Daniel attempting on his new hand for the first time.

Daniel attempting on his new hand for the first time.

Thankfully, Intel was willing to team up with 3D Systems to 3D print Daniel a lighter and additional cost-effective hand prosthesis. 3D Systems Applications Engineer Evan Kuester is himself no stranger to prosthetic hands. Whilst in college he started his career designing attractive and aesthetically pleasing prosthetic devices for a friend who was missing her left hand. Whilst he firstly started designing prosthetics for fun, it rapidly turned into a career and he went to work for 3D Systems shortly after graduating.

Kuester started by bringing a high-detail 3D scan of Daniel’s limb and his intact hand to manufacture certain which the device may match the scale of his working hand, and fit his arm snugly. It took a few tries to get equitething correct, but in no time at all Kuester had created an awe-inspiring prosthetic hand which weighs less than two pounds and looks cooler than an Iron Man hand. Amazingly, the prosthetic hand has sixteen individual, movable-bodied pieces, but is 3D printed as a single part in nylon by a 3D Systems Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printing device.

The prosthetic hand emerging of the nylon powder utilized to manufacture it.

The prosthetic hand emerging of the nylon powder utilized to manufacture it.

Here is a few video of Daniel receiving his 3D printed prosthetic:

Daniel’s new prosthetic is a bargain at twice the price, not just is it slimmer and lighter, but it contributes him a greater range of motion than his other, bulky hand. Plus, the hand does not need any power for the reason it was created so the fingers flex when Daniel moves his wrist. And the most part is the prosthetic hand just cost his family $400 total. And for the reason the system of 3D printing prosthetics is so inexpensive
-bodied and relatively easy, Kuester says which custom devices which assist specific needs can in addition created, so Daniel can have interchangeable-bodied attachments created to play a guitar, hold specific tools or hold a violin bow. As always when it comes to 3D printing, there seem to be no limits to what it can do.

Here is a few video of Kuester talking of designing Daniel’s prosthetic. What do you ponder of this system? Discuss in the 3D Printed Hand Prosthetic for Daniel forum over at 3DPB.com.

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