Here’s a terrific follow-up of sorts to the heartwarming story of Rayden Kahae, the 3-year-old boy who received a prosthetic “Iron Man” hand thanks to 3D-printing technology and the efforts of e-NABLE: There’s also a Wolverine hand — with claws, naturally.
The organization describes itself as “a network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the world a ‘Helping Hand,'” and one of those is Aaron Brown, who wanted to build a hand to take to a local children’s hospital and to the MakerFaire in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As he wanted to use bright colors, and the University of Michigan’s mascot is the Wolverine, there was only one imaginable option for the comics fan.
“The comic-loving nerd inside of me (along with some Facebook friends) said there is no way I can make a Wolverine hand without CLAWS,” Brown told e-NABLE. “So I modeled some in Sketchup the morning before the MakerFaire, printed ‘em, spray-painted ‘em silver and velcro’d ‘em on there. Turned out pretty darn cool!”
The response from the children was, predictably, overwhelmingly positive. “People’s faces just LIT UP!” Brown said. “The kids went crazy over it.”
He assures there’s no need to worry about anyone getting injured: The claws aren’t made of adamantium; they’re rounded plastic — and removable.
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