UI students design 3D printed prosthetics for kids in need

A newly-formed student club at the University of Iowa has raised nearly $3,000 to support creating 3D-printed prosthetics for children, reports the Daily Iowan.

3D Iowa is already building a prosthetic hand for a 1-year-old from San Antonio, and has partnered with the national organization eNable to connect with more kids who need a cheaper alternative to the expensive prosthetics kids quickly outgrow.

“Kids, growing up, they have to get a new prosthetic every year. That $15,000 [cost] is multiplied by several years,” said 3D Iowa president Cody Wilson. “We can get the cost down to $50 per unit and are able to donate it to them for free.”