3D prosthetics
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Taking birth without fingers can be very difficult for any child. Obtaining new ones – particularly red and blue superherothemed numbers – has made 8-year-old Kaori Misue a dynamic playground celebrity.

Bending her wrist muscles to twist the plastic fingers, she can work with tape and posters at  the creativity class . She can skip a rope, ride a bike and cook with her mom. Her friends were surprised and even requested to use the 3D impressed hand, that appears a bit like a warmly colored Transformers toy tied on her wrist.  “It was magical,” her mom, Karina Misue, said. “The confidence it gives kids is tremendous.They’re using it with pride.”

Just because of this economical prosthetic device, hundreds of kids of Argentina  who were born without limbs like Kaori, can now write, play games and make music. Thanks to Gino Tubaro , a 21 year old inventor whose invention was appreciated by President Barack Obama at the time of a visit to Argentina last year.

”Limbs” , Tubaro’s design is piece of a movement of open-source 3D printing technology drives through out the world.

At present , more than 500 people, mainly children, have taken same protheses and 4500 more are in the waiting list. Primary models are custom changed to suit the wants of every user with the help of orthopedists.

The design utilizes volunteers through out the world who has 3D printers to print the parts and collect and distribute the hands. The price is as low as $15 contrast to practical models which are priced up to $15000. Some of the parts can be switched to fit a particular goal : from playing pingpong to taking a fork or riding a bike. If children outgrow a design, it can be comfortably reinstated , possibly with another theme.

Tubaro said, ”It’s a wonderful experience because we’re getting photos of kids… doing things that they couldn’t do before.” 3D prosthetics bring new change.



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