May 9, 2014 

If ever there was an argument made for getting more 3-D printers into schools, this might be it.

MyFoxPhilly recently did a report on 9-year-old Kylie Wicker of Rockland, Illinois, who was born without fingers on her left hand. Costly prosthetics would have set her family back $50,000. After researching 3-D printing on the Internet, Kylie’s father sought the help of their local high school.

Boylan Catholic High School’s engineering graphics class fashioned a set of 3-D digits complete with a cable system that allows the plastic parts to grasp naturally. The entire project — including the plastic and fasteners — cost approximately $5, MyFoxPhilly reported.

As inexpensive 3-D printers continue to enter school systems, the possibilities seem endless for teen innovators and inventors. Earlier this year, students in Leander, Texas, custom made a 3-D printed hand for a student’s 2-year-old brother, and, in Kansas City, 16-year-old Mason Wilde made a “robo-hand” for a family friend’s son using his school library’s 3-D printer.

Easton LaChappelle, 18, got to show off the 3-D printed prosthetics that he developed to President Obama during last year’s White House Science Fair. Now, he works on telerobotics control with NASA’s Robonaut team.

As for Kylie, she’s just excited to experience a whole new world of possibilities, “I can finally ride my bike,” she told MyFoxPhilly.

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Around the Web

 Carpenter who cut off his fingers makes ‘Robohand’ with 3-D printer …

 School in Illinois makes 3D-printed hand for Kylie Wicker

 3D Printed ‘Robohand’ Replaces Lost Fingers for Cheap | TIME.com

 Kylie Wicker Boylan High School 3D Printed Hand – Business Insider

 3D-printed Robohands help kids without fingers – CNET

 3D printing mechanical hands. [VIDEO] – Wimp.com

 3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers : Shots …

 ‘I can grab my handlebars!’ Girl born without fingers delighted after high …

 High Schoolers 3D-Print a Hand for 9-Year-Old

 Scientists ‘3D-print’ living CARTILAGE

 Will 3D Printing Be Staples’ Field of Dreams?

 Artificial eyes, plastic skulls: 3-D printing the human body


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