Good Lookin': 3-Year Old Gets Prosthetic Iron Man Hand

September 9, 2014


This is a video of Hawaiian boy Bubba and his new Iron Man hand. Bubba was born without most of his right hand, and just had a custom one 3-D printed for him at no cost thanks to a nonprofit called E-Nable. Hmmm.... Hello, E-Nable? Yes, I, uh, I know a guy that needs a pirate pegleg.

Several months ago, Rulan Waikiki discovered an exciting option for her grandson on the Internet with a group called E-Nable. It was a life-changing discovery.

For years, patients spent up to $40,000 for a commercially made prosthetic hand, but thanks to 3-D printing technology, a mechanical body-powered hand costs only $50 to build.

"As soon as he put it on and was able to close the hand, his face just lit up," Waikiki said.

Instead of reaching for a ball or a toy, Bubba held his own hand.

"I'm not sure if the video, you can hear it on there, but he does say, 'I can hold my own hand,'" Waikiki said.

Did you read that? Bubba's grandma managed to find a nonprofit group on the internet to make her grandson a 3-D prosthetic hand for free. For reference, most grandparents on the internet are only capable of downloading viruses and giving their credit card and bank info to scammers. Enjoy the hand, Bubba.

Keep going for a feel-good video news report.

Thanks to neolardo and Rookbrains, who agree with 3-D printing technology The Wizard of Oz's job would be a snap.

  • captaindash

    $40,000 is the standard rate for a good prosthetic? They better be blinged the f#@k out for that kind of cheese. You can buy a BMW, with all it's electronics and engineering, for less than a good prosthetic? That's pathetic.

  • S.M. Archer

    for future information, starting articles with "Good looking 3 year old" is never a good idea. Doesn't matter how you separate it.

  • zin

    I'm sure getting spare hands & repairs wouldn't be an issue at this price, but what's the tensile strength of the polymer used here?

    I'm personally looking forward to the day kids voluntarily replace their hands with prosthetics, so that if any of them annoy me I can just painlessly tear their plastic fingers off. I'd then painfully jam them in all their orifices.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    You have some weird fetishes, and I have seen many weird fetishes.

  • zin

    Destruction excites me.

  • S.M. Archer

    Way to take this article in the wrong direction.

  • Joel Salazar

    Stuff like this should have a special chip where the previous owner can leave a message to the new one. Bubba is going to outgrow his iron man hand soon. I'm sure with some minor changes his old hand can help someone else and the message to the next kid will inspire them as well.

  • MustacheHam

    Such a brilliant company who've revolutionized prosthetics. :)

    The design is pretty cool too.

  • ODwanKenObi

    Pretty bad@ss.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Super hero prosthetics are always better! I have no idea why they produce that ones that look like barbie doll parts.

  • Isaac Berends
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