Texas High-School Students Create Prosthetic Hand for 2-Year-Old Boy

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Have you heard anything about these 3D printers? They're absolutely crazy! They literally can print any 3D thing that you could ever think of. Some people are using these to make dishes, cutlery, guns (which some of you may or may not approve of), Legos, guitars, camera lenses, and scientists are even looking into creating a 3D-printed heart.

Christian, a high-school student from Texas, decided to take advantage of  this developing technology and use it for something other than a musical instrument or some counterfeit building blocks. His 2-year-old brother, Zaxton, was born with only two fingers on his left hand. The two fingers on Zaxton's hand are his thumb and his index finger, but it would definitely help to have all five fingers. 

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So Christian contacted his old robotics teacher, Herb Wasson, and asked him if he could use the 3D printer to make a prosthetic hand for his brother. Wasson told him that he had an even better idea than giving him access to the printer. He enlisted the help of two other students that clearly had some expertise in robotics. 

The group was ready to get to work, but the pre-made design that they had was built for an adult-sized hand. So along with the two students that Wasson had recruited, Christian got to designing a prosthetic that would fit his 2-year-old brother's little hand. With the current model that they've been working on, Zaxton is able to open and close his hand just by bending his wrist.

It's pretty cool to see an older sibling helping out his younger brother. 

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What examples do you have of brotherly love?

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Texas High-School Students Create Prosthetic Hand for 2-Year-Old Boy

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