Everyone needs an inspiring and feel good story to start off their work week, and this is a great one about an amazing young boy and technology. Kieran was born with a birth defect of Amniotic Band Syndrome and has no fingers on his right hand. As Kieran states in the video it has been difficult to deal with until he received a 3D printed prosthetic hand. Modern prosthetics are very expensive costing tens of thousands of dollars, and even more difficult for a growing child that would need multiple sizes as he grows. 3D printing is bringing the costs down in a lightweight mechanical prosthetic to under one hundred dollars and allowing people to design and make their own customized solutions. I personally have seen the prosthetic as well as prosthetics with a mounted squirt gun perfect for a young boy to enjoy his childhood.
Watch the video from Autodesk’s Pier 9 and hear more about Kieran in his own words and learn about the challenge and the amazing people with e-NABLE that design made this prosthetic within reach of so many people using the latest in 3D printing and design tools.