SC school uses 3-D printer to give a hand to students in need

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Source: WHNS

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Students at Hughes Academy are using 3-D printer technology and engineering designs to create mechanical prosthetic hands.

Marsha Patry, the magnet coordinator for Hughes Academy, said students in the eighth grade Gateway to Technology class are working on a project to produce mechanical hands that can be downloaded and printed for less than $50 in materials.

The project is part of Hughes Academy’s focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The prosthetic hands created by students will go to benefit other students who need them.

“Their final product they design and create will directly solve problems of today,” Patry said in a press release. “We see their product as not just simply a prosthetic hand, but a source of happiness for children across the world in need.”

The school hopes the prosthetic hand project will expand to other grades as well and to have the first products completed by the end of the semester.