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$50 3D-Printed Hand Rivals $42,000 Prosthetic (Video)

| by Jonathan Wolfe

We’ve heard some awesome 3D printing stories over the last year or so, and this one ranks right up there with the best of them.

53-year-old Jose Delgado was born without a left hand. He’s used various prosthetics over the years, and most recently was using a $42,000 myoelectric prosthesis. Half of that price was covered by Delgado’s insurance, but he was forced to pay the rest of the $21,000 for the hand out of pocket.

Then, Jeremy Simon of 3DUniverse.org entered the picture. Simon told Delgado he could make him a hand using $50 of materials and a 3D printer. The results?

Awesome.

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In a video interview, Delgado says he loves using the hand and even prefers it to his $42,000 hand for a number of tasks. Here’s a picture of it:

Another great thing about this hand, dubbed the Cyborg Beast, is that the printing instructions used to create it are available to anyone. For free. With a 3D printer, $50 of material, and a little assembly work, people who previously never could have dreamed of being able to afford a prosthetic can now have a fully functioning one. This is just the latest instance in which we all get to see the incredible potential 3D printing holds.

Check out this video of Delgado wearing and speaking about the hand: