Engineers Provide Child With A 3D Printed Robotic Arm

A University of Central Florida (UCF) engineering team helped a 6-year-old boy’s dreams come true by giving him a new arm. The UCF team designed and 3D printed a robotic arm that allowed the child to shake hands for the first time.

E-Nable is a network of people interested in the 3D printing of prosthetic hands for those in need. Using this network, a UCF graduate student named Albert Manero connected with a young boy named Alex Pring, according to a recent press release from Stratasys, the company that makes the 3D printing equipment. Born without his right arm, Alex had often wished to climb trees or shake hands, but lacked the ability to do so.

Manero, a Ph.D. student of aerospace engineering, a Fulbright scholar, and a volunteer at E-Nable, helped to address Alex’s problem. Over the course of seven weeks, he and his team designed Alex’s new arm, according to the press release. The arm was fabricated using the Stratasys Dimension Elite 3D printer and multiple iterations were run to refine the design. Composed of a thermoplastic material from Stratasys, the arm was both strong and lightweight. … (Read more)