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3D Printing Helps Provide Prosthetic Devices to Children in Need

Pick up a ball. Paint a picture. Wave goodbye. A child can't do any of these without a hand. The Helping Hand Project provides 3D printed prosthetic hands free of charge to children in need so they have every opportunity to live to their full potential.

Pick up a ball. Paint a picture. Wave goodbye. A child can't do any of these without a hand. The Helping Hand Project (The HHP) provides 3D printed prosthetic hands free of charge to children in need so they have every opportunity to live up to their full potential.

Making a difference is within our grasp

Each year approximately 1,500 children in the US alone are born with upper-limb differences.

Many of these children are unable to use traditional prosthetic devices. For those who can, the high cost may put them out of reach.

In the fall of 2014, biomedical engineering students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created a prosthetic device for a child who had few options.

Using 3D printing, they were able to make this hand for less than $40 worth of materials. While going through this process, these students realized the growing need to make hands for other children, and The Helping Hand Project was formed.

Using a mix of open-source and custom designs, The HHP continues to provide prosthetic devices to children in need.

The HHP maintains contact with these children, so they may receive new devices as they age. And through in-person meetings and online groups, The HHP helps these kids and their families with support that goes beyond providing a prosthetic device.

All hands on deck

Many children who have physical disabilities and need prosthetic hands can use standard designs, but some require custom designs that fit their unique anatomies.

For all kinds of hands, The HHP engineers design and print devices using SOLIDWORKS applications on the ThinkStation P500. And to keep the waiting list for new prosthetics as short as possible, The HHP counts on Lenovo’s lead ThinkStation engineer to quickly 3D print devices at Lenovo’s own facility.

“Thanks so much to The Helping Hand Project for helping my son feel like a super hero.” – Wendy Barnes, whose child received a HHP device

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