A researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) designed a prosthetic hand, dubbed the “Hundred Dollar Hand,” that is made through a combination of 3D printing and laser cutting. The prosthesis, developed by Gerwin Smit, PhD, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the university, can be produced easily and relatively cheaply.
The devices are already being used in India, and Indian technology company Vispala donated 350 of them to war victims in Ukraine, where the need for prosthetic hands has increased sharply. The donation was sponsored by American IT company Cisco.
“I’m happy that we can contribute to this wonderful initiative,” said Smit. “And I’m also hoping that, with help from the Movendi Foundation, we can raise enough money to make another donation to Ukraine.”