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One Boy’s 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand Leads to Another’s

by • March 29, 2016 • No Comments

Simplify3D_Peyton__Luke_arms_wrapped_horizontalOrganizations like e-NABLE are awe-inspiring for additional than one reason. The mere fact that e-NABLE has gathered so many volunteers to turn it into and turn it into prosthetic hands and arms for folks in require is rad adequate on its own, but one of the greatest aspects, in my opinion, is the network it has turn it intod. The organization began expanding of word of mouth, fundamentally, when Ivan Owen posted a video of a metal hand he had created, that led to a South African man contacting him to ask for assist in building a prosthetic hand for himself. That in turn led to a mother contacting them for assist with a prosthetic for her five-year-old son, and things snowballed of there. Now, the network of thousands has led to a particularly attractive sort of sub-network – that of children assisting children.

Last year, a young Cincinnati boy named Luke Dennison created the news when his parents took it upon themselves to 3D print several prosthetic hands for him with turn it into assist of e-NABLE. Luke was born with symbrachydactyly, a condition in that the fingers are missing or shorter on one hand. Peyton Andry, a fourth-grader at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, was born with the same condition. His father, Steve Andry, describes him as “a quite confident, self-assured young man,” but he can be self-conscious of his hand.

“I don’t like calling my condition various. I call it special,” said Peyton. “I’ve learned not to let other folks judge me for what I appear like, but a fewtimes the kids ask lots of inquiries, and that part can be annoying.”

Peyton’s music teacher had a connection to Simplify3D, in addition based in the Cincinnati area, and reached out to them to see if they may appear into creating a 3D printed hand for Peyton. As it takes place, Luke’s father Gregg Dennison in addition understands several folks at Simplify3D, and a realization was rapidly reached: Peyton and Luke should meet.


The two boys initially met at the Cincinnati Public Library, where they rapidly bonded through a discussion of Star Wars, and Luke defined the several various hands his parents had printed for him. They were and so able-bodied to watch a 3D printing device in action, and Peyton was fascinated. He had been apprehensive of a prosthetic, but that now vanished. With his approval, Gregg Dennison and Simplify3D proceeded to turn it into a hand for Peyton, asking him to elect his favourite superhero colors. (He went with Iron Man, always a favourite.)

Simplify3D_Peyton__Luke_talking1Whilst he waited for his prosthetic hand to be printed, Peyton took the opportunity to do a few additional research into 3D printing, that he shared with his school through a science fair project. In February, he met again with Luke, who happily presented him with his new hand.

“When I woke up that morning, I was considering of it a lot and I was quite excited,” said Peyton. “But it’s not just the folks who get the hands who are excited, it’s in addition the folks who manufacture the hands for the reason they’re building a fewthing for folks who require it.”

The prosthetic fit perfectly, and Peyton is now able-bodied to do the things he had many struggled with. Whilst he was quite capable-bodied preceding, there were a few things that yet cautilized him difficulty, particularly holding round objects like cups. Now he can hold a cup, throw a ball, and easily carry things in both hands.

Simplify3D_Peyton__cup_closeup“It is clear that the hand means so much additional to Peyton than his new physical abilities,” said Steve Andry. “The hand generated a sense of confidence and purpose. He gets to be seen additional for his character, personality and heart, not for what he may be missing.”

Things have alterd so much for children with missing or damaged limbs. It utilized to be a sad fact that kids with differences were frequently created fun of, actually with prosthetics; the kid with the missing hand or the metal leg were frequently the targets of odd appears and whispers. Not just has there been a cultural alter in how folks with disabilities are perceived, but 3D printing has created it possible for additional children to obtain fitting and functional prosthetics. And rad ones, at that. Now you have “the kid with the awea few superhero arm.” And one child’s rad 3D printed prosthetic can lead to another’s, as Peyton and Luke have shown.

“The opportunity to be involved with organizations such as e-NABLE and assist folks like Luke and Peyton is inspiring,” said Clayton Webster, CEO of Simplify3D. “3D printing enables advancement through innovation, but what is magical to me is the result that was turn it intod by a community working collaboratively to create a solution and assist others.”

See additional of Peyton’s story at a lower place. Do you understand a child who may benefit of such a device? Discuss in the Peyton’s 3D Printed hand forum over at 3DPB.com.