Jose Delgado was born without his left hand, and in his 53 years, he’s tried several options to support his disability, recently moving onto more advanced prosthetics. For over a year, he had been using a $42,000 myoelectric prosthetic device, which took signals from the fibers in his forearm and translated them into electric signal, moving the fingers of the prosthetic hand. He was lucky enough – his insurance covered the costs, but most people in the world don’t have this luxury.
Jeremy Simon of 3DUniverse met up with Jose, and printed him a 3D prosthetic from Cyborg Beast. These are the open source 3D printed hands – anyone can take the design for free and print his or her own prosthetic. It’s really worth checking out if you or someone close to you is suffering from such a disability. At $50 for materials, it’s a very affordable financial effort.
It seems really weird to compare one thing to the other – there is a huge price difference (840 times) – both Delgado and Simon were understandably skeptical – but after testing them both, Delgado declared that the $50 one was easily outperforming the counterpart he had been using for over a year. Sure, it’s a little bit more frail, and it will probably break sooner rather than later, but the solutions is simple – you just print a new one! 3D printing is really changing the world – and it’s doing so at lower and lower prices.