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3D-printed Robohands help kids without fingers

3D-printed Robohands help kids without fingers

People who have lost fingers can try to get robotic hands that cost tens of thousands of dollars. Or they can try to 3D-print their own hand.

That’s what Richard van As did after a woodworking accident in 2011 cost him four fingers. The South African carpenter decided to build his own fingers from hardware store parts but eventually turned to 3D printing.

Using a MakerBot Replicator 2 printer, he collaborated with Ivan Owen to create a prosthetic finger after much trial and error. They’ve since printed hands for four South African children who lack fingers.

The first was Liam, a 5-year-old boy with amniotic band syndrome, who was born without fingers on his right hand. At the request of his mother, Van As and Owen produced Robohand, a low-cost, 3D-printed prosthetic.

The Robohand works by a series of cables and bungee cords that are controlled by movements of the wrist and arm.

Check out this video of Liam using his Robohand, performing precise movements like picking up coins.

Aside from distributing the open-source files for Robohand on Thingiverse, the partners are now trying to raise $10,000 in an Indiegogo campaign so they can help more children for free.

The cash is needed to buy materials such as PLA plastic for the 3D printer and hardware to assemble the hands.

Check out the campaign video here and images of the Robohand kids in the gallery below.

Kids and their 3D-printed fingers (pictures)






  1. Joseph Ostrander

    The arguments is these guns makes it passed metallic detector and it is very difficult to enforce experience check up on them.

    Dreaded Rear Admiral: It may sound such as the worst result is the law is simply ineffective. Joe citizen does not require the three dimensional printed gun since he is able to simply by metallic gun. When the law is enforced a minimum of a few of the time i quickly aren’t seeing why it can’t possess some internet benefit.

  2. I am just curious, what all can a three dimensional printer do & so how exactly does it get it done? Is that this s giant leap in technology inside your opinion?

  3. Michael Chatampaya

    What is the company you are able to recommend to print 4D prototype?

    I ought to have the ability to send either an STL file via email.

    I ought to have the ability to send an STL file via email *

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