3D Printing a Prosthetic Hand | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Jeff Powell biomedical engineering student

Jeff Powell with Prosthetic hand

3D Printing a Prosthetic Hand | Jeff Powell, a senior in biomedical engineering in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently applied that interest to help 7-year-old Holden Mora of Chapel Hill, who was born without fully formed fingers on his left hand.Using a 3-D printer in the basement of Phillips Hall, Powell spent part of his summer designing and developing a prosthetic hand for Holden.“Prosthetic hands costs hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars just for the most simple one,” and kids outgrow them in a year or so, he said. “Now that 3-D printing has come in, we can get a full prosthetic hand for about $20 of materials.”
Source: Helping hand — in 3D | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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