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.
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.
“We were inspired by the group in South Africa who started the project (Robohand),” Manero told BuzzFeed.
According to 3DPRINT, it is the world’s first 3D printed myoelectric arm. It also cost $350 to create.
Here's Alex getting fitted for his arm. That smile says it all.
“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.”
Alex's parents and the team that made it all happen!
“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."
Here's Albert Manero with Alex Pring and his new arm.
And finally, here's Alex hugging his mom with both arms.
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