3-D Printing Gives 11-Year-Old Boy a New Hand

May 18, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Eleven-year-old Felipe Miranda rides his bicycle using both hands – one of which is a prosthetic. But it’s not a conventional prosthetic. It was created here – in a studio in Buenos Aires where industrial designer Gonzalo Sanchez and his colleagues rent 3-D printers to create all kinds of objects, using plastic, metal and other raw materials. But before Felipe’s mother contacted them, Sanchez says, they’d never created a prosthetic hand.