This girl’s life became infinitely better after having the 3D-printed prosthetic limb – that she helped design – finally fitted.
Faith Lennox, a 7-year-old from Orange County, California, was riding a bicycle around the company’s car park just a day after acquiring her life-changing ‘robohand’.
The company behind the hand, Build It Workspace, has only been running for a year, but are already changing lives for the better.
Founder, Mark Lengsfeld, told AP:
I have used 3D printers to create a number of products, from pumps for oil and gas companies to parts for unmanned aerial vehicles, but this was the first time we have worked with prosthetics.
What’s good about this particular prosthetic, however, is that it comes with a tiny price tag of $50 – meaning Faith can grow out of it without her parents worrying about the finances.
After failing to rehabilitate Faith’s left arm at birth, following a condition known as compartment syndrome, doctors were forced to amputate just below the elbow.
But thanks to 3D printing, people like Faith have hope for the future.