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3D printed robotic hand developed for child amputees

A UK based company, Open Bionics, has developed a technique for building custom-made prosthetic hands for child amputees.

It combines 3D scanning and 3D printing to make the hand.

A tablet computer with a scanner is moved around the amputated limb to take measurements. This is then fed into a programme that controls the 3D printer.

This is important because it means that highly advanced prosthetic hands could start to become affordable. The ones that are currently available use expensive techniques and therefore cost more.

This is particularly important for children because as they are growing they need a new robotic hand every 12 months.

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