3-D Print “Bionic” Limbs for Children with Special Needs

I usually post about children with special needs who have learning and/or developmental disabilities, but ran across some information about new technology for children who are missing limbs that I found truly amazing and wanted to share.

A student at the University of Central Florida has designed a myo-electronic prosthetic arm that can be created via 3-D print technology with a price tag as low as $350.  Devices with similar capabilities can cost in the tens of thousands and are therefore beyond the reach of most families.  The student’s company is called “Limbitless” and you can actually download the files to print your own arm here in New Jersey or Pennsylvania at this website:  http://enablingthefuture.org/upper-limb-prosthetics/the-limbitless-arm/

You can find a sweet youtube video of Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) giving one of these arms to a young boy here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEx5lmbCKtY

It’s easy to see why kids would love these.  The future holds such great promise.


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