3D Printed Raptor Hands; when toys and medicine converge

Take a moment and read “Hand of a Superhero” by New York Times writer Jacqueline Mroz.  It tells the story of how 3D printed prosthetics costing less than $50 are replacing devices that cost thousands.  Better yet, they look like cool toys.

With names like the “Cyborg Beast,” “The Raptor Hand” and Talon Hand 2.X, children who are missing fingers don’t appear to be adapting to a disability so much as having super powers.  The combination of affordability and empowerment is a wonderful statement about what happens when 3D Printing and the toy / comic book aesthetic come together to make life better for kids and their parents.


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