Kid gets 3D printed bionic hand just in time for Christmas
Six-year-old Lucas Abraham who was born without fingers on his right hand always wanted to have a robo hand that would help him in his daily chores of life. Thanks to 3D printing technology and the will of University of Louisville graduate students, Lucas has got the best Christmas gift ever. A 3D printed bionic hand in three different versions, one of which glows in the dark. It took the students a month’s time to develop this artificial hand, just in time for Lucas to show it off at the first day of his first grade at Bowen Elementary School.
This artificial hand is designed on the model of his left arm and to incorporate motor abilities like bending and gripping things, the developers used tendon-like cords. Also the developers made it a point to imprint Lucas’s name on each of these bionic hands to make him feel on top of the world. Amazingly, the bionic hand just cost $50 to make and that is a great advantage of 3D printing. Like we have seen in the past, kids have got a new lease of life thanks to the cheaply designed 3D printed hands.
Thanks to the effort of Lucas’s grandmother Julie who sought help from University of Louisville’s bioengineering department, the kid is brimming with confidence. Adapting to the new bionic hand wasn’t a problem for him as he was able to grab a ball within minutes of putting it on for the first time. He shook hands, gave high fives to his classmates and everyone just loved the techy hand Lucas has.