3D printer shares designs for prosthetic arms online - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

3D printer shares designs for prosthetic arms online

(Source: NBC) (Source: NBC)
(KAIT/NBC) -

A group is using 3D printers and their own volunteer time to make a difference, by making arms. 

Every other Monday, a group of men led by Jack Buchanan meet to use 3D printing to make prosthetic arms.

Buchanan creates the designs and shares them with other makers online through a site called "E-nable." 

People around the world can build and share models for 3D-printed prosthetics. The design is sent to a 3D printer like the one Buchanan's team uses.

The custom designs are cheaper, faster and simpler than a traditional prosthetic. They can go from a kid in Kansas City to a clinic in Kosovo. 

"When you're building a prosthetic, you've got all that cool build part, but you've got that reward payoff.  Oh my gosh, we really made a difference for somebody," said Buchanan.

3D printed prosthetic arms are much simpler than the ones made professionally that have lots of scientific features, but they are cheaper.

Buchanan's team said the materials for each arm cost about $50 and take about 40 hours to complete.

Copyright 2018 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Hydration station unveiled on A-State campus

    Hydration station unveiled on A-State campus

    Friday, August 17 2018 11:25 PM EDT2018-08-18 03:25:45 GMT
    Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)
    Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)Maple helps unveil A-State's new hydration station (Source: Arkansas State University)

    As part of a campus beautification project, Arkansas State University installed a hydration station.

    As part of a campus beautification project, Arkansas State University installed a hydration station.

  • breaking

    Sheriff: Two teens killed in train versus truck crash in Clay County

    Sheriff: Two teens killed in train versus truck crash in Clay County

    Friday, August 17 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-08-17 22:48:26 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 11:25 PM EDT2018-08-18 03:25:00 GMT

    According to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, two teenagers, who were both seniors in high school, are dead after a train versus truck crash near County Road 154 north of Corning. 

    According to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, two teenagers, who were both seniors in high school, are dead after a train versus truck crash near County Road 154 north of Corning. 

  • breaking

    Sheriff: Rape, kidnapping suspect released in Greene County

    Sheriff: Rape, kidnapping suspect released in Greene County

    Friday, August 17 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:53:05 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 10:58 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:58:18 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    According to a post on the Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook, a man arrested earlier this week in connection with a rape in Greene County has been released. 

    According to a post on the Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook, a man arrested earlier this week in connection with a rape in Greene County has been released. 

Powered by Frankly