Thursday, January 9, 2014

3D Printing a Prosthetic Hand

Richard Van As lost four fingers on his right hand in an accident. He started to build a prosthetic hand with set of mechanical fingers using tools in his woodworking workshop. I met Richard at Tech4Africa 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. His Robohand project provides 3D printed prosthetic hands for the disabled. Anyone with a 3D printer can download the shape files from Thingiverse and print a prosthetic hand.

Richard is a hero for tinkers and makers everywhere. His innovative use of 3D printing technology heralds of things to come. Watch the video about Robohand project on YouTube.

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