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    Jul 28, 2014

    This 6-Year-Old Boy Was Able To Hug His Mom Thanks To An Awesome 3D-Printed Arm

    …And the generosity of some very enterprising engineering students.

    Alex Pring, a 6-year-old of Groveland, Florida, was born without a right forearm.

    Katie Manero / Via ktcrabbphotography.com

    Albert Manero, an aerospace engineering student at University of Florida, together with his team, was able to create this 3D prosthetic arm for the little boy.

    Katie Manero / Via ktcrabbphotography.com
    Katie Manero / Via ktcrabbphotography.com

    “We were inspired by the group in South Africa who started the project (Robohand),” Manero told BuzzFeed.

    Katie Manero / Via ktcrabbphotography.com
    Katie Manero / Via ktcrabbphotography.com

    According to 3DPRINT, it is the world’s first 3D printed myoelectric arm. It also cost $350 to create.

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    Here's Alex getting fitted for his arm. That smile says it all.

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    “Alex was amazing," Manero said. "He is so adaptive, that within minutes he was able to use the arm to pick up a rubber duck.”

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    Alex's parents and the team that made it all happen!

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    “Shortly after, he learned he could throw a ball with the arm as well," Manero said. "We were all so moved to see him learn and grow, and to watch his confidence take off."

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    Here's Albert Manero with Alex Pring and his new arm.

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    And finally, here's Alex hugging his mom with both arms.

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    Awww

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