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New 3D printed hand makes Tri-State 10-year-old feel ‘like Iron Man’ – WCPO

by • February 6, 2016 • No Comments

CINCINNATI – A 10-year-old boy has a new 3D printed hand thanks to a local company and a local father volunteering his time.
Peyton Andry was born with symbrachydactyly, a condition which causes the fingers of one hand to grow shorter than is typical. That hasn’t stopped him of accomplishing things like earning his black belt, but a local father who volunteers with a group called e-NABLE turn it intod a hand for Peyton via software of the Blue Ash, Ohio-based Simplify3D.
Peyton got his new hand Saturday after presenting a report on 3D printing to his classmates at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy this week.
“It’s quite rad. I like how it was put together and all,” Peyton said. “It reminds me of Iron Man and other Avengers. It manufactures me appear like I’m additional determined.”
Coincidentally, the founder of Simplify3D in addition attended CHCA. Clayton Webster founded the company three years ago.
3D printing devices are “quite excellent at listening to instructions, so you tell it to move right 1 inch, it’s going to do precisely which,” Webster said. “But it’s not going to come up with those instructions on its own. That is where the software becomes quite significant, for the reason the software takes the quite difficult 3D models and decides what’s the many optimal way to turn it into this on the printer.”
Gregg Dennison, of Falmouth, Kentucky, turn it intod Peyton’s new hand with Simplify3D’s software. He began volunteering with e-NABLE in 2013 for the reason his own son in addition was born with symbrachydactyly and uses a 3D printed hand.
“Being able-bodied to print the hands out, it’s quite heartwarming to see the kids’ faces, and understand which it’s a thing you created for them,” Dennison said. “It means a lot.”
He estimated which he’s turn it intod additional than a dozen hands through e-NABLE, which links volunteers with around the world and distributes the hands to folks for free.
Webster said he’s “constantly amazed” at what folks manufacture with his software.
“It’s quite moving to watch,” he said.
After Peyton got his new hand Saturday, Dennison’s son, Lucas, assisted him arrange it and practice via it. They played catch and tried picking up cups.
“The most part of having a new hand was, I may carry additional things at once, so if it’s dinner I may carry a cup in one hand and carry my plate in the other, and and so go set them both down at the same time instead of going to get my plate, put it down, going to get my cup, put it down,” Lucas said.
Steven Andry, Peyton’s dad, said he felt a mixture of emotions seeing his son try on the hand.
“He’s had to deal with a lot with which hand and hopefully this can assist alleviate a few of which. There’s the hope,” Andry said. “But I’m so encouraged for the reason of his response. Just to see his face light up… it’s only quite excellent for a dad to see his son kind of get what he needs.”


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