Edmonton students get hands-on experience with 3D printed prosthetics

Around 30 Edmonton high school students learned how to do 3D printing to give a helping hand to those in need.

Print Your Mind 3D had students create prosthetic hands with 3D printers to donate to children in developing countries. The hands cost less than $100 to make and can change a child’s life, allowing them to hold a baseball bat or throw a ball again.

The hands each take about four to five hours to assemble, and students made about 20 functioning hands by the end of the day at Queen Elizabeth High School.

The event was put on by Calgary 3D printing company Print Your Mind, as well as Queen Elizabeth School’s Innovate Program and the Enable Community Foundation.

“There are millions of people around the world who, if they are born with a deformity, or if they lose a portion of their hand, they will never have a solution for the rest of their life,” Print Your Mind 3D owner Colin Pischke said.

“The idea is to inspire the kids to see the potential of 3D printing and other technology and how it can impact somebody’s life around the world.”

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