If anyone deserves an A+ out there, it would be this group of high school students in Alberta.
Print Your Mind 3D, a Calgary-based 3D printing company, has teamed up with high schools in the province so that kids in grades 10, 11 and 12 can create affordable prosthetics for disabled children in developing countries. The initiative began after the company teamed up with global non-profit E-Nable, which has given 1,500 prosthetic hands to people in 37 nations.
The way it all works is pretty simple. The folks with E-Nable will track down a child in need, and then take their measurements. That information is then sent to Alberta, where the students custom-build each hand to match the details provided. While regular prosthetic limbs can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, Print Your Mind 3D can create them for under $100 each, opening the door to their mass production.
“This is for someone who could never otherwise afford it,” Colin Pischke, owner of Print Your Mind 3D, said. “Now that [kids] have one of these hands, they can pick up a pencil and write for the first time.”
So far, the company’s goal is to produce 30 hands for children around the world.