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3D Printer Makes Bionic Arm

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"I can go fishing with my mom and dad."

And that's only one of the many activities 6-year-old Alex Pring can now do after receiving his new robotic arm and hand at the Fairwinds Alumni Center.

"Words can't explain how grateful and excited and happy we are. I mean look at his face; look how happy he is."

Alex was born with only one arm. And his mother wanted to see if she could make a hand for him using a 3D printer, but when it got too complicated she turned to UCF Aerospace Engineering student Albert Manero for help.

"I figured I'd ask him for help and he would give me some kind of pointers.. I didn't think he was going to say I can do way better... just give me a couple of weeks.

And just 6 weeks later Manero and his group of engineering friends developed a robotic arm for Alex using the 3D printer..

"Alex flexes his muscle. It reads a little voltage inside the arm and actuates the motor that closes the hand."

The family says this prosthetic would have cost them thousands of dollars and it wasn't covered by insurance. However, it only cost Manero and his group $350 to make but they gave it to Alex for free. And the family says they're forever grateful.

"They'll always have a place in our hearts and a place in our home. They are going to do great things like they are now."

The only thing little Alex can't do is get his arm wet but Manero says they're now looking at a new 3D printer that'll hopefully make a waterproof model in the future.
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