- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia college professor and students have developed a 3-D-printed hand for a child.

Media outlets report Mountwest Community and Technical College Professor Ted Triplett and his team of students developed the device for a 6-year-old born without a left hand. The boy received the blue artificial hand Wednesday and is now able to operate it by using movements in his wrist.

The group began work on the project in the fall semester and it took about a week to print the hand.

“If you feel you have the ability to do something like that, you have to do it,” said Ted Triplett, program coordinator of engineering design technology.

“This technology is going to take over. We have to realize with this technology there will be a lot of good that will happen.”

Christopher Hunt, one of the students who helped develop the artificial hand, said the work was difficult because the original print was designed for a teenage-sized child.

“It makes me feel absolutely amazing,” Hunt said. “Just seeing him go home with it is going to be the most rewarding point of my life to this point.”

The group said it will continue to make improvements to the device in the spring using electronics.

Earlier this year, a 7-year-old California girl received an 3-D-printed artificial left hand with the help of the nonprofit group e-NABLE, which is dedicated to facilitating such devices for people worldwide.

E-NABLE sent tips to a 10-year-old Delaware boy born with a deformed left hand. In October, the boy used a 3-D printer at his local library to create an artificial hand for himself.

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Online:

Mountwest: http://www.mctc.edu

e-NABLE: http://enablingthefuture.org

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Information from: WOWK-TV, http://www.wowktv.com

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