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Girl Gets Robohand Thanks To 3D Printer

11:54 AM, Oct 10, 2013   |    comments
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CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Most little girls want to do their own hair, put on their own clothes. But that's been impossible for a four-year-old Cedar Springs girl.

That's all about to change thanks to her teacher, and a 3D printer.

Harmony Peterman was born without her right hand, but soon will get a robohand. She was fitted for the first part of the hand Wednesday at school.

She outgrew her prosthetic, and insurance won't cover the thousands of dollars to buy another. So her pre-school teacher, Betty Krzyszton, found out about the robohand on a website: Robohands

They cost about $500 dollars to make, using cables, screws and 3D printing.

"To see those pieces, when I've just been looking at them online, can we really do this, now they're in my hand, it's really neat," said Krzyszton.

"Prosthetics aren't what she wants, they're like claws. She wants fingers to paint nails, every little girl wants fingers," said Harmony's mom, Melanie Peterman.

Two local men with 3D printers are working together to help Harmony.The plastic fingers are created on the printer by melting plastic into finger shapes, and those are connected to a glove with cables and screws.

WZZM 13 will follow the process and bring you updates in the coming weeks.

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