Soccer Star Kaka gifts 6-year old boy a bionic hand created by Limbitless using Stratasys 3D printer

Soccer Star Kaka gifts 6-year old boy a bionic hand created by Limbitless using Stratasys 3D printer

Turning Students into Inquisitive Creators through 3D Printing
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Limbitless Solutions which is working out of a lab at the University of Central Florida (UCF), creates individualized 3D printed bionic limbs for children that match both their anatomy and personality. These precises and personalized devices are produced in just hours on a Stratasys Dimension Elite 3D Printer.

Paulo Costa Boa Nova, age 6, has a genetic condition that affected his right arm and hand. Paulo was selected from hundreds of applicants to have his bionic hand built by Limbitless Solutions. Paulo’s dad, Claudio, heard about 3D printed prosthetics from a friend who sent him the link to Limbitless Solutions — prior to that, these kinds of devices weren’t a practical option for the family.

3D printed assisted device, a dream come true

Claudio Boa Nova acknowledged the role that the 3D printed assistive device will play in his son’s life. “I don’t have the words for how grateful we are,” said Boa Nova. “When I saw the arms they made on YouTube, I held onto hope for the opportunity for my son. I can’t believe that today his dream has come true.”

In an interview with Stratasys, he added, “We would like to visit schools in Brazil and tell them about 3D printing. We can use Paulo’s prosthetic hand as a way for the kids understand the importance of technology, and how technology can change lives.”

When Paulo’s 3D printed prosthesis was ready, father and son traveled to Florida as guests of Orlando Health. Paulo was presented with the “final product” at the training camp of the Orlando City Soccer Club. Kaká, Orlando City’s team captain and a native of Brazil, aided Paulo as he put on his new hand for the first time.

Paulo’s 3D printed hand, built in sturdy ABS plastic, sports the design and colors of the Fluminense Football Club, a popular top-tier Brazilian soccer team based in Rio de Janeiro.

Stratasys Dimension Elite 3D Printer teams up with talented volunteers

The Stratasys Dimension Elite 3D Printer used by Albert Manero and his team at Limbitless Solutions was donated by Stratasys. Children receive the 3D printed limbs free of charge; the students who run Limbitless Solutions volunteer their time and skills – which range from engineering to art to design – and the cost of materials is provided by fundraising.

This inspiring and empowering story shows how 3D printing coupled with volunteer work and talent can change people’s lives.The dean of UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos, explained, “Manero and the team of students who volunteer in the Limbitless Solutions lab are an inspiration to the entire school community. It encourages women to be a part of STEM and allows for creativity while making something that will change the lives of these children.”

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