Meet the Designer Giving 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands to Kids—for Free

These 3D-printed prosthetics are turning kids in need into superheroes.

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Jul 27 2015, 7:00pm

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Autodesk Pier 9 resident, engineer Andreas Bastain, is changing the lives of children forever. With the help of nonprofit organization, e-NABLE, Bastain has designed affordable (under $100) 3D-printed prosthetic hands and is now giving them away to children, for free.

In the video below, you can watch an explanation of how the 3D-printed hands work, through the story of a boy named Kieran. The clip details his experiences using the e-NABLE device, and how it has dramatically changed his life by allowing him to pick things up and help around the house, while also nailing the robotic superhero look.

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e-NABLE, which has facilitated the production of over 1,000 prosthetic hands since it was set up in 2013, is currently working exclusively on affordable prosthetics. The organization is centered around crowdsourcing design work among volunteer designers and engineers around the country in a bid to tackle a wide range of challenges.  

Watch the story of Kieran's hand in the video below:

Kieran's Hand from Pier 9 on Vimeo.

To learn more, visit http://enablingthefuture.org/ and check out Pier 9 on Autodesk.

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