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$40 Prosthetic Hand Built With 3d Printer

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By Paul Johnson

Portland, Oregon (CNN) - New 3-d printing technology has arrived.
And it's been embraced by a Portland man who was born without a left hand.
He hopes to turn the market for human prosthetics on its head.
Jordan Nickerson is flexing his new homemade prosthetic hand.
The yellow part of the hand is formed plastic.
The fingers are made from carbon fiber.
Throw in some nylon string, velcro, a cut-up mouse pad -- it's about 40 bucks worth of material in all -- and you have what jordan hopes will be the prosthetic of the future.
Jordan hopes to sell this prosthetic to millions of people without hands and legs worldwide.
He says he plans on selling it for just 300 dollars -- a fraction of the cost of a traditional prosthetic.
The number one issue is they don't have the prosthetics because they can't afford them, and this is going to completely annihilate that because now if you can buy an Xbox, you can buy this.
Nickerson plans to market the hand as the centerpiece of a company that builds affordable prosthetics on demand through online requests.
Customers would scan their arm and send in specific measurements that would then be printed on 3-d machines and shipped for about 300 bucks.


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