Albert Manero is a doctoral student in mechanical engineering (UCF), Fulbright Scholar and founder of a volunteer organization, Limbitless Solutions. They’ve designed a cheap (less than $350 in materials) bionic prosthetic arm for children, made on a 3-D printer, and put the design up on the internet for free.
Due to the small size, children’s prosthetics are harder to make and expensive ($40,000 and up). The costs are exacerbated because children outgrow them and need new ones, so insurance doesn’t cover it.
“We were all bound to the belief that no one should profit from a child in need of an arm,” says Manero.