Researchers at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University have created a 3D printed prosthetic arm for an 11-year-old cello player. Led by professor Jennifer Mankoff, the group is comprised of students from the School of Computer Science and volunteers from the e-NABLE group. With his new arm, Kharan Wilbur was able to perform in his elementary school recital, something he never would have been able to do before.
This new 3D printed prosthetic arm differs from traditional prosthetics because it provides more fine-grain movement, which is essential when playing the cello. It’s also far cheaper than a traditionally-manufactured arm, which could cost anywhere between $6,000 to $10,000. Since the project began in 2013, CMU has been able to help over 1,500 people in similar amputation situations.
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