Dad Makes a 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand for His Son for £6

By Ross Johnson on at

Twelve-year old Leon McCarthy of Marblehead, Massachusetts was born without fingers on his left hand, but now proudly proclaims himself a cyborg, after his father Paul created an inexpensive prosthetic using a 3D printer. And all for just $10, roughly £6.

Well, almost. The 3D printer that Paul McCarthy also bought had a price tag of $2,000, or roughly £1,250, but the cheap materials that he used to craft the hand meant that his son can grab his water bottle, ride a bike, and play at being Robocop at a fraction of the price of a professional prosthetic.

Typical prostheses cost in the region of £15,000 in the US, so Leon's new hand was a bargain, even when factoring in the price of the printer. And the best thing? As the designs for prosthetic hands are improved and refined, Paul can just print a new one. [MSN via technabob]