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A seven-year-old baseball fan with a 3D-printed hand is throwing out the first pitch of World Series Game 4

Postby bmh67wa » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:59 am

Story : https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/28/a-seven-year-old-baseball-fan-with-a-3d-printe





Hailey Dawson is already a veteran of tossing the ceremonial first pitch at the ripe old age of seven. She’s got two Major League games under her belt and is about to add a third, with her biggest audience yet, as she kicks off Game 4 of the World Series in Houston.

Dawson is in the midst of a 30-ballpark tour, throwing the first pitch for every MLB team, with the aid of a 3D-printed prosthetic hand created by a research team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dawson was born with a rare condition called Poland Syndrome, which left her missing three fingers on her right hand.

But prosthetics are traditionally extremely pricey, and many insurance plans won’t cover the $25,000 to supply them for children, deeming them “unnecessary,” unlike a leg. Children quickly outgrow the devices and the cost starts to add up. It’s a hole in the healthcare system that has been tackled by a number of groups in the 3D-printing industry, including not-for-profits like the Open Hand Project.

Using a 3D printer to create a customized 3D-printed hand or arm dramatically reduces the manufacturing cost and allows for much easier part swapping, should something be broken or its wearer just grows out of it.







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