3D Printed Raptor Hands; when toys and medicine converge

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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.

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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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