Baseball – first pitch with 3D printed hand

Adorable 5-year-old throws first pitch with 3D-printed hand

A little girl born with a rare medical condition throws out the first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game on Monday thanks to a 3D-printed hand designed and printed by UNLV students.

Baltimore Orioles fans got quite a treat before Monday’s Major League Baseball game between the Orioles and the Oakland Athletics. Hailey Dawson, an adorable 5-year-old Orioles fan, threw out the first pitch with her custom-made, 3D-printed robotic hand.

Hailey has Poland syndrome, a disorder that causes children to be born with either missing or abnormal muscles on one side of the chest wall. Many with Poland syndrome – including Hailey – are also born with abnormalities of the hand, making it difficult or impossible to use their hands without prosthetics.

Prosthetics aren’t cheap — the functional myoelectric hands can cost tens of thousands of dollars — especially when they need to be replaced several times as a child grows. So, Hailey’s family turned to the engineering department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) for help.

The faculty and students in the department delivered, designing and 3D-printing a robotic hand that lets Hailey do things like grip and throw a baseball, a talent she was more than happy to show off at Monday night’s game.

Hailey’s hand is based on the Flexy-Hand 2 project, and anyone can download plans for the customizable hand on Thingiverse, a site for discovering and sharing 3D-printed objects. The UNLV engineering department customized the Flexy-Hand for Hailey’s needs and size.

Hailey’s already on her third hand — the first one needed repairs and was then too small, and the second one accidentally broke when Hailey’s mother, Yong, was replacing the fishing line that functions as retractors for the fingers. The UNLV team is already working on her fourth, adding robotic functionality with each new iteration to make her arm even better.

In the video below, you can see that functionality in action as Hailey uses her custom Orioles-themed robot hand to throw out the first pitch. The pitch was caught by Hailey’s favorite player, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

If you want to see even more about Hailey’s adventures with her 3D-printed robot hand, you can check out some images from her trip on the Haileys_Hand Instagram page.

Because a hand that awesome definitely has to have its own Instagram account.

by | August 18, 2015 9:34 AM PDT

Disabled chihuahua rides

A Chihuahua born with only its back legs is now the proud owner of a tailor-made, 3D printed cart that allows him to zip wherever he wants in style!

Check out an article about TurboRoo’s journey here:…/disabled-chihuahua-rides-3…/

disabled chihuahua turbo 3D printed cart

Disabled Chihuahua Rides in 3D Printed Style

Not long ago, a Chihuahua on Indianapolis, born without his front legs, was taken in by a local Veterinary technician, Ashely Looper, who outfitted the tiny puppy with a makeshift cart.  After a news team paid the vets a visit, Turbo’s story made international news with donations flooding the hospital, reaching well into the thousands of dollars.  And, upon seeing the cart, a San Diego mechanical engineer began designing the dog a cart that was tailored just for him.

Mark Deadrick, president of high performance fab shop 3dyn, crafted the cart in CAD,telling NBC WPTV News, “We have capabilities to make just about anything, but we lean toward things that we find interesting. Usually that’s something that either flies, has wheels and goes fast. TurboRoo meets that requirement (sans the fast part I suppose) and I thought I’d spend a small amount of time coming up with an interim solution.”

3D printed cart for disabled chihuahua turbo

Unable to enlist an autoparts manufacturer in the area to scan the puppy, Deadrick eyeballed a photo of TurboRoo to create something that would fit, he explains “I just did some thumbnail measurements from photos and spent about 20 minutes designing a cart, hit print on one of our 3D printers and let it run for 4 hours. I figured some inline wheels would have the least amount of resistance and would be easily obtained, so a trip to the sporting goods store was probably the most time consuming part.”

The 3D printed cart will serve TurboRoo – named for the snail from the recent DreamWorks flick and the fact that he looks like a kangaroo – until he grows older, at which point, Looper will be able to outfit the Chihuahua with something bigger, purchased with the $3,500 funds sent into her office at The Downtown Veterinarian.  If you’d like to follow the cute little fella, he’s all over social media.

Check out his Instagram for updates and photos of the little guy

My name is Turbo/Roo! I was born with just my back legs! I am a chihuahua and I am going to take on the world!!! Bark box code (TURBOROO)
by  | SUN, AUGUST 10, 2014