Liam impressed his doctors and classmates alike with his "Robohand," which was created by Ivan Owen and Richard Van As
Eric Ronning's ReHand, made mostly out of parts fabricated by a 3D printer, costs just US$20 dollars in materials
Eric Ronning's ReHand won US$10,000 at UW-Madison's annual Innovation Days in February 2012
Liam outfitted with his "Robohand", which was created by Ivan Owen and Richard Van As
According to the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), there are some 32 million amputees in the world today, around 80 percent (25 million) of whom live in developing countries where only five percent have been fitted with an artificial limb. It is estimated that 200,000 people lost a limb as a result of the 2010 Haiti earthquake alone. Two low-cost, printable prostheses highlight the potential impact 3D printing could have on the quality of life for millions as the technology becomes more accessible around the world.
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