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Update: Spotlight School Success

Update: Spotlight School Success

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WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

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Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

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'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the season for GINGERBREAD and working the delicious treat into your family - and CLASSROOM - fun. Last week, as students across the

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3d printed prosthetics: Man Makes a New Fingertip

By Staff Writter

3d printed prosthetics: Man Makes a New Fingertip

Engineering

The promise of 3d printed prosthetics was no greater illustrated than in a recent story in Cnet about a man named Christian Call who had lost a fingertip during a work related accident and soon found himself without a job and without health insurance. A professionally made prosthetic fingertip was well out of his price range.

Call got the bright idea to make his own fingertip after seeing a YouTube video about how a 3d printer was churning out plastic wrenches. Call, who is a master mechanic millwright and hobby machinist, bought his own 3d printer for under $1,000 and got to work.

Call has spent a year and a half, through basic trial and error, creating a fingertip that bests suits him. The model he is wearing currently behaves mechanically like a flesh and bone fingertip and seems to fit the rest of his hand fairly well. He has included a small magnet in order to better pick up metallic objects such as coins.

The main drawback with Call's 3d printed fingertip is that it takes some skill to create one that has the form and function that is best suited. Other people who are in a similar situation have contacted Call about getting their own fingertips made. While he is open to starting a business creating custom made fingertips for other people, Call would prefer that he teach them to make their own prosthetics. In that way 3d printing can become a way for people to custom make products rather than hiring others to manufacture them. The trick will be learning the skills to do so.