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Kansas teen uses 3-D printer to make hand for boy

Published on -2/5/2014, 9:31 AM

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LOUISBURG, Kan. (AP) -- A 16-year-old Kansas boy's interest in 3-D printers led to a new hand for a 9-year-old family friend.

Mason Wilde of Louisburg recently used a 3-D printer at the Johnson County Library to make a prosthetic hand for a friend named Matthew, who was born without fingers on one hand. Matthew's mother did not want his last name or hometown publicized.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1fBpLhA ) the device, called a Robohand, is driven by the motion of the wrist. The hand opens when the wrist moves up and closes when it moves down.

Matthew says he's grateful to Wilde. He and Wilde have become fast friends, and Wilde says he plans to stay in touch to keep improving and "tweaking" Matthew's Robohand.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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