Man Creates Prosthetic Hand for Son with 3D Printer for $2,010

Posted: Nov. 5th, 2013  |  By DailyLuxe News

Paul McCarthy did something miraculous. He downloaded some videos, purchased materials for $10, and then used a 3D printer to create a prosthetic hand with moving fingers for his son, Leon. The total cost of the project was $2,010. The end results of his efforts were priceless.

Mr. McCarthy created a whole new life for his 12-year-old son thanks to videos made by Ivan Owen, which McCarthy found online. The subject of the videos was biomedical engineering. The topic was how to build a homemade mechanical hand using a 3D printer. The full story posted on Medical Daily tells the tale of another gentleman and a child. Both have a newly built functional hand due to Mr. Owen and the technological capability of a 3D printer.

….3-D printers have grown to become more useful in the medical world, both among homemade, amateur designers and biomedical companies experimenting with new uses for the 3-D printing process. Back in March, a patient was able to have 75 percent of his skull restored with a 3-D printed implant.