How 3D Printing Changed Lives


Most of us agree that technology can make a difference, but to what extent does a new technology change lives? For some, it’s probably a margin of convenience or efficiency, while for some others, it’s a totally new way of living.

When Richard Van As, a woodworker in South Africa, decided to make a set of mechanical fingers, it wasn’t out of curiosity. He had lost four of the fingers on his right hand in an unfortunate work accident. For a carpenter, a disabled hand is a huge professional risk. Richard decided on the day of the incident that he would use whatever that he can get his hands on, to remedy his seemingly helpless and terrible situation.

See how Richard’s project, Robohand, is changing lives through the use of the MakerBot, a 3D printing solution.  It created the Robohand for Liam Dippenaar, who was born without fingers on his right hand. The cause was a rare congenital condition called amniotic band syndrome (ABS).

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