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Ireland’s First 3D Printed Hand


Why young Josh gives thumbs up to Ireland’s first 3D printed hand


Last summer, Josh McKenna, a fifth class student in St Patrick’s BNS received a prosthetic hand from a group called e-NABLE. Josh was the toast of his classmates after becoming the recipient of Ireland’s first 3D printed hand.

Josh, a 10-year-old from Portarlington, was born with just a thumb on his right hand but his life has been transformed by a prosthetic hand printed by a team of students and staff from Institute of Technology Tallaght

The group from IT Tallaght, 3D Assist Tallaght, was set up in January 2015 by lecturer Robbie O’Connor, and is made up of staff and students from the institute. So far, they have printed and delivered four prosthetic hands and three prosthetic arms to young recipients in Ireland and the UK.

They have recently delivered their second custom-made prosthetic hand for a local eight-year-old and are in the process of finishing a Frozen themed arm for a local five-year-old girl.

Prior to setting up 3D Assist Tallaght, O’Connor had manufactured a number of hands for the US-based charity e-NABLE. It is a group of individuals from all over the world who use their 3D printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assistive device.

As part the IT Tallaght group’s collaboration with the Central Remedial Clinic in Clontarf it has started a number of final year engineering projects that are organised to provide specific assistive devices based on requirements of students attending the CRC clinics.

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