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Which is better: $50 3-D printed hand or $42,000 cyborg version?

Which is better: $50 3-D printed hand or $42,000 cyborg version?

We've been hearing more and more about 3-D printing in the news lately, with everything from houses to 3-D printing a human heart.

But this latest story really takes the cake. Jose Delgado, Jr. is a 53-year-old man who was born without most of his left hand.

Jose has used several prostheses throughout his life, including a $42,000 myoelectric prosthesis that takes electrical muscle signals from his forearm and uses them to close or open the fingers and thumb of the prosthesis.

But Jose wanted to try something new. So when he approached a 3D Universe creator, the results were better than expected.

"Jose recently found his way to me, and asked if I could help make a 3D printed prosthesis for him. I was very curious to see what sort of experience he would have with the 3D printed Cyborg Beast mechanical hand design (total cost in materials of about $50), but I wasn't expecting too much. Jose works in an environment that involves a lot of lifting and moving of boxes, so I was kind of expecting that the Cyborg Beast, which in this case is made of ABS plastic (same material as legos), wouldn't hold up for long. To my surprise, however, Jose says it’s been doing very well, and that he actually prefers it to his far more expensive myoelectric prosthesis!"

Watch the video below to see Jose compare his two prosthetic hands.

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Source: 3D Universe

 

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