NY students used 3D printer to make prosthetic hand for boy

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio (NBC4i.com) Jack Carder was born without his right hand, but even at 5 years old he’s never let it hold him back.

He enjoys baseball, and can flip his glove to both throw and catch left-handed.

But Jack will be able to use two hands very soon. The boy from Lewis Center, Ohio is about to get a prosthetic hand, created with a 3D printer.

His mom, Laura, saw a video on Facebook of another child getting a “bionic arm,” and reached out to an organization called E-Nable, which helps kids like Jack.


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Students at Siena College in Albany, New York got to work creating Jack’s new prosthetic hand with their 3D printer, and they will deliver it Thursday at Jack’s school.

The Siena College students are designing it with a little extra flair—the new hand will be designed to look like it could belong to Jack’s favorite superhero, Iron Man.

Jack’s father John said the students are working with his son to make the hand unique.

“They’ve really tried to personalize some things and be part of the process, not just making the structure,” he said. “Make it really meaningful for him, and really special for him.”

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