A charity called EnablingTheFuture is using 3-D printers to make affordable prosthetics for children born without hands.
This week, two young boys in Texas got to try out their new hands for the first time. Jaxon Belew, 3, was born with a condition known as Symbrachydactyly which caused him to have a partial palm and five nubbins on his left hand. Jaxon received his Spider-man hand recently, but was a little shy about using it until he met Hudson See, a boy born with a similar condition. Hudson received his Captain America hand around the same time, and his mother says he’s having to relearn how to do certain activities.
The 3-D printed hands were designed by people across the country. Unlike prosthetic limbs, which can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, EnablingTheFuture gives parents a more economic option for their growing children.
The 3-D printed hand costs $20.