High Schoolers 3D-Print a Hand for 9-Year-Old

Illinois girl was born without fingers on left hand
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 30, 2014 10:17 AM CDT
Updated Apr 30, 2014 11:00 AM CDT
High schoolers are making a 3D-printed hand for a local 9-year-old.   (mystateline.com)

(Newser) – A 9-year-old born without fingers on one hand is getting a gift from Illinois high school students: a new hand, Fox News reports. The students are 3D-printing the prosthetic device, which works through wrist movement, mystateline.com notes. Typically, prosthetics can run up to $50,000, says Kylie Wicker's mom. "The total cost of this hand will be barely $5, there is maybe $1 worth of plastic, and it costs a couple of bucks for the fasteners," says the engineering teacher in charge of the 10-student project in Rockton. Now Kylie's looking forward to "catching a ball, doing the monkey bars," she tells the Rockford Register Star. (Read more Illinois stories.)

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