Boy Gets New Fingers With Help From a 3D Printer


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child prosthetics, Robohand

Robohand in use

  • Boy gets new fingers with help from a 3D printer: The possibilities of using 3D printers now also include making prosthetics. A 5-year-old boy, who was born without fingers on his right hand due to a rare congenital condition called amniotic band syndrome, was given a new crude, mechanical hand called Robohand with five aluminum fingers that opened and closed with the up and down movement of his wrist. Instead of paying thousands of dollars for a factory-made prosthetic hand, anyone can now print one on a 3D printer at a fraction of the cost (about $150 for parts plus 3D printing). Design and instructions for Robohand are available on Thingiverse.
  • Del Monte Foods sets example for the next food evolution: Increased sustainability needs and limited natural resources are putting pressure on all businesses, including the food industry. And Del Monte Foods, as one of the biggest U.S. producers and distributors of canned fruit and vegetables, already uses detailed metrics to measure the effectiveness of everything from energy,water consumption to waste. The potential global implications of using food metrics in the industry are enormous: agriculture now uses about 70 percent of all fresh water supplies and up to 75 billion tons of topsoil are eroded every year. According to Jonathan Kaplan, the NRDC’s food and agriculture program director: “We have to figure out how to grow more food with fewer resources.”
  • Philippines urges UN to deliver emergency climate pathway: In the wake of typhoon Haiyan, the government of Philippines urges the United Nations to resolve negotiations (taking place in Warsaw next week) of what they call the “climate talks deadlock”. According to Yeb Sano, head of the government’s delegation to the UN climate talks: “We cannot sit and stay helpless staring at this international climate stalemate. It’s now time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway. ” He also challenged climate skeptics to “get off their ivory towers” to experience the impacts of climate change firsthand.
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