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Affordable 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands for Kids Let Wearers Lead Active Lives

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Two-year-old Agnia Shtak from the city of Armavir has found herself the envy of the playground after being fitted with a multi-function 3D-printed prosthetic hand developed by Moscow-based biomedical startup Motorica. Agnia, who suffers from a congenital hand deformity, demonstrated her wide range of skills while wearing the prosthesis at the Skolkovo Innovation Center in the Russian capital on Tuesday. "We've developed a very functional and very durable prosthesis, which can be put on children from two or three years of age," explained Motorika founder Ilya Chekh. He said this encourages a child "to learn how to use a functional prosthesis from the early years, and later at a more advanced level." Chekh also noted that children who wear the colourful prostheses often find they attract positive attention and interaction from other children. "When they see a kid with that kind of prosthesis, children get interested in it and want to see how it works. They even ask to try it sometimes," he explained. The company uses 3D-printing because they say it makes component parts more resilient and quicker to manufacture. Some models even have holders for special gadgets like video cameras and audio players. Motorika is a startup of the Skolkovo Foundation's Biomedical Cluster.

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