Students 3D-print prosthetic hands

first_imgFive-year-old Jonny Maldonado was born with a tiny hand and just two fingers. People with his condition have only one option — an expensive 15-pound claw-like prosthesis — and young patients outgrow their prosthetics too quickly to make it a viable treatment.However, thanks to groundbreaking 3-D printing technology and the hard work of the USC Freehand Project, Jonny was fitted with a custom-made “super-hand” that lets him play baseball and ride a bike just like other kids.The Freehand Project, which was founded last September by senior mechanical engineering major Alison Glazer and alumna Kara Tanaka, utilizes 3-D printers to create prosthetic hands for kids like Jonny. Tanaka was inspired to start the club after hearing about the work done by e-NABLE, a network of volunteers who deliver 3-D printed hands all around the globe. She approached Glazer, the president of the 3-D printing club 3D For Everyone, to unite Tanaka’s medical background with 3D4E’s engineering expertise.“This project invited other people — we had artists, architects — people who were looking for a different entry into 3-D printing,” Tanaka said. “Everybody’s coming in and bringing in a little bit of what they know, and together they’re building a bigger project.”Using schematics provided by e-NABLE, the club has already supplied dozens of hands to Syria and Haiti. They have also joined forces with local children’s hospitals to custom build prosthetics for children in Los Angeles. Encouraged by their success, 3D4E incorporated Project Freehand as a permanent branch of their club this semester.Maddie McCarthy, director of operations at 3D4E, said the Freehand Project has received support from AIO Robotics, a startup founded by three USC Ph.D. students.“We were fortunate enough to partner with [AIO]. We were lucky enough to get two of their printers,” McCarthy said. “The more printers we get, the more people we can help and reach.”At the end of each semester, after printing the hands, the Freehand Project delivers them to e-NABLE director of programs, Maria Esquela, who coordinates troops of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in Baltimore, Maryland, to assemble the hands.However, things don’t always go as planned. From snowstorms causing chaos last winter to a wave of protests this spring that erupted after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died in police custody and led the government to declare a state of emergency in Baltimore, the Scouts have worked hard to deliver the hands to Syrian children intact and on-time.“It was difficult to get across Baltimore because Baltimore was in a state of civil disturbance,” Esquela said. “My daughter and I drove past tanks and people with machine guns and heavy body armor.”In spite of the difficulties, Esquela praised the Freehand Project and the Scouts for volunteering their time to help out children in need.“This project transformed us, and it made us connect with a team that was bigger,” Esquela said. “It became a very powerful thing for us to feel like we were able to connect with a team that was trying to help people.”The club has grown tremendously since it began. Last year, 3D4E only had around 30 members, and now there are over 70 students involved in the Freehand Project alone. Moving forward, the team hopes to expand and connect with more partners in Southern California. They are now printing hands for children in Sierra Leone.McCarthy recalled one of her most memorable experiences working with the Freehand Project, which occurred when the group custom-printed hands for children in Los Angeles.“Each 3D4E team member was actually able to put the hand on the child that they printed it for. This was my first time seeing the hands in use,” McCarthy said. “Watching a kid pick up something with his new hand was probably one of the most amazing moments I’ve ever experienced.”last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 DE Jamal Holloway decommits from SU

first_img Published on January 27, 2016 at 6:27 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Class of 2016 defensive end Jamal Holloway has decommitted from Syracuse, he announced in a tweet on Wednesday. He’s the 11th player to leave the Orange’s 2016 class since head coach Dino Babers was hired on Dec. 5.SU’s class is now down to 22 pledges, which includes three defensive ends — Joshua Black, Jaquwan Nelson, Kendall Coleman — with one week until National Signing Day. All three chose Syracuse in the past two weeks after previously being committed to other schools. Facebook Twitter Google+ AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 6-foot-3, 215-pound Holloway is ranked with three stars and as the 52nd best weak-side defensive end in the 2016 class. He’s also the second player from Camden (New Jersey) High School to decommit from SU’s 2016 class, joining outside linebacker Dymelle Parker.Holloway initially chose Syracuse on July 28. Only four players that committed to former head coach Scott Shafer’s staff remain in the 2016 class: early enrollees Moe Neal (RB/WR), Rex Culpepper (QB), as well as offensive lineman Sam Heckel and safety Scoop Bradshaw. Comments Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: Defensive end Jamal Holloway joins Class of 2016Syracuse football recruiting: Former Illinois commit Joshua Black becomes 4th defensive end in SU’s 2016 classSyracuse football recruiting: Jaquwan Nelson becomes 3rd defensive end in 2016 classSyracuse football recruiting: 3-star 2016 DE Kendall Coleman flips commitment from Western Michigan to SyracuseSyracuse football recruiting: 2016 LB Dymelle Parker becomes 3rd player to decommit since Dino Babers hiringlast_img read more