Volunteers use 3-D printer to make prosthetic hands for children



Travelers Rest (WHNS) — Functioning prosthetic hands are printed in hours, and assembled in basements. Six upstate men use 3-D printing technology to give kids the opportunity to hold hands, or at least, use hands, which they’ve never had.

Through a program called E-nabling The Future, volunteers across the world are designing and manufacturing prosthetic hands in their own homes, and getting connected to kids across the world who were born without them.

Since kids usually have to wait until they’re fully grown before they can get more sophisticated prosthetics, 3-D printing is easier, and cheaper to give options to younger children, as they grow.

Bob Choban, Reid Becker and Tony Caruso are three of six on their team of E-nabling The Future fabricators. They met through Furman University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, shared an interest in learning how to 3-D print, but wanted to print with a purpose.

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