Students make 3D prosthetic hand for second grader

Mar 2012
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New Hampshire
Amazing, uplifting story.

Across the country, there is a big need for prosthetics, but they typically cost thousands of dollars. For children who are constantly outgrowing them, this expense often makes them out of reach for many families.

A group of students from the Academy for Science and Design in New Hampshire worked together with two adult mentors, Madge Smith and Bob Kennett and made an elbow controlled prosthetic hand for Harun, a second grader from Peter Woodbury School in Bedford, New Hampshire. When the idea was first brought up to Madge Smith, who is the computer science teacher at ASD, she was immediately on board. “This was an incredible project to work on with an awesome group of 7-10th-grade students. We all started off with minimal experience in prosthetics and 3D printing,” said Smith. “However, with a can-do attitude, a little determination, a lot of interest, and resources on the Internet, we were able to print a hand for Harun.

The students met once each week after school for approximately three months to research, 3D print, and assemble a new arm and hand for Harun. On Monday, May 15th, Harun was able to put on the red, white and blue arm that was 3D printed just for him, and to the sound of applause, flexed his new hand for the first time! The hand created at ASD only required about $13 in materials, as well as a great deal of patience and precision from the dedicated students.

https://patch.com/new-hampshire/nashua/asd-students-make-prosthetic-hand-bedford-second-grader
 
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Apr 2012
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Englewood,Ohio
Amazing, uplifting story.

Across the country, there is a big need for prosthetics, but they typically cost thousands of dollars. For children who are constantly outgrowing them, this expense often makes them out of reach for many families.

A group of students from the Academy for Science and Design in New Hampshire worked together with two adult mentors, Madge Smith and Bob Kennett and made an elbow controlled prosthetic hand for Harun, a second grader from Peter Woodbury School in Bedford, New Hampshire. When the idea was first brought up to Madge Smith, who is the computer science teacher at ASD, she was immediately on board. “This was an incredible project to work on with an awesome group of 7-10th-grade students. We all started off with minimal experience in prosthetics and 3D printing,” said Smith. “However, with a can-do attitude, a little determination, a lot of interest, and resources on the Internet, we were able to print a hand for Harun.

The students met once each week after school for approximately three months to research, 3D print, and assemble a new arm and hand for Harun. On Monday, May 15th, Harun was able to put on the red, white and blue arm that was 3D printed just for him, and to the sound of applause, flexed his new hand for the first time! The hand created at ASD only required about $13 in materials, as well as a great deal of patience and precision from the dedicated students.

https://patch.com/new-hampshire/nashua/asd-students-make-prosthetic-hand-bedford-second-grader
I was having a discussion abou CadCam last week.shown a project that was made on a 3D Printer. Nothing like the hand,but it was something.

Great,satisfying story.

This morning I was coming out of the Y double doors. A young teen was coming in,went back,opened the second door for me. I could not help but remark,Thanks,and they say Teens have no manners. He smiled at me and said,Yes ma'am and smiled.

Considering what our Government has become,young men like him are the future.