Oklahoma U engineers create 3D printed hand for 12 year old boy
Researchers at Oklahoma University designed and created a 3-D printed hand for a local boy who was born with a condition that made his left hand significantly smaller than his right, and fused his fingers together.According to an Oklahoma Daily article, the hand attaches to the boy's wrist like a glove, and the fingers move in an inward motion as he bends his wrist. It is most helpful with grabbing things, which was his greatest difficulty before the hand, according to the article.
The hand was created by 3-D printing segments of a wrist part, palm part and fingers made out of polylactic acid, a type of plastic. The segments are printed separately and assembled using elastic and velcro, according to the article.
BMES member Rachel Childers, an assistant professor of practice in the biomedical engineering department, led the team that built the hand. Emily May and Amanda Phillips, two biomedical engineering juniors – who are also BMES members –both worked on the project with Childers.
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