WT engineering students make difference with 3D printer - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

WT engineering students make difference with 3D printer

Canyon, TX - West Texas A&M engineering students are making a difference with the help of a 3D printer.

In the fall, four WT engineering students designed and constructed a mechanical-hand prosthetic with some fishing line, a bungee cord and a 3D printer.

Engineering professor Emily Hunt challenged her students to create the prosthetic for children with hand differences. "The idea for this was already out there," said Hunt. "Some researchers in South Africa had come up with the idea that you could take this motion and create a hand that would open and close. So the students' task was really a redesign about how we can take the idea of what's already out there and make it work for different kids with different hands and really generalize it so it can be adapted."

The project was especially important to Hunt because the students used her 10-year-old daughter Aly as a model. Aly was born with a hand difference.

"It was really humbling because we got to tie engineering in with a human-centered project," said WT engineering graduate Alex Parra. "It's something that we never really do."

Aly has had helper-hands in the past, but none allowed her to open and close her fist like the one engineered at WT.

The engineering students are working with doctors at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, which specializes in hand differences. Their goal is to make the hand easily accessible to children who need it. Using the 3D printer makes the finished product very affordable to mass-produce, so the hospital can purchase the mechanical hand for just 15 dollars.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10

  • WT engineering students make difference with 3D printerMore>>

  • Madison Alewel

    Madison Alewel

    Madison anchors the 4, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She joined NewsChannel10 as a reporter in October 2013.

    Madison anchors the 4, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She joined NewsChannel10 as a reporter in October 2013.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • High school basketball player excels despite having only one hand

    High school basketball player excels despite having only one hand

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:54 PM EST2018-01-24 04:54:16 GMT

    "He has never once asked why, hes never once questioned why god made him this way he is always had the personality that he can do everything and anything," said Teigan's Mom. Teigan Delk was born without his right hand. at birth he had a syndrome called amniotic band, which happens when the uborn baby becomes tangled in the womb, restricting blood flow. since his first breathe, he's faced non stop adversity. "A lot of teamwork and like learning how to work ...

    "He has never once asked why, hes never once questioned why god made him this way he is always had the personality that he can do everything and anything," said Teigan's Mom. Teigan Delk was born without his right hand. at birth he had a syndrome called amniotic band, which happens when the uborn baby becomes tangled in the womb, restricting blood flow. since his first breathe, he's faced non stop adversity. "A lot of teamwork and like learning how to work ...

  • Bomb City hopes to make an impact on those who watch

    Bomb City hopes to make an impact on those who watch

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 10:32 PM EST2018-01-24 03:32:21 GMT
    Source: 3rd IdentitySource: 3rd Identity

     It was a sold out house at the premiere of Bomb City, a story that put Amarillo in a national discussion about tolerance and justice twenty years ago. 

     It was a sold out house at the premiere of Bomb City, a story that put Amarillo in a national discussion about tolerance and justice twenty years ago. 

  • Testimony by prosecution witnesses continues in Spielbauer murder trial

    Testimony by prosecution witnesses continues in Spielbauer murder trial

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:53 PM EST2018-01-24 01:53:27 GMT
    Jeremy David Spielbauer, 33  (Source: RCSO)Jeremy David Spielbauer, 33 (Source: RCSO)

    Testimony by prosecution witnesses continues today in the capital murder trial of Jeremy Spielbauer.

    Testimony by prosecution witnesses continues today in the capital murder trial of Jeremy Spielbauer.

Powered by Frankly