ACU students create prosthetic hands using 3D printer


First-year master’s students in the Occupational Therapy program at ACU recently created prosthetic hands using the 3D printer available in the Maker Lab.

This project was part of the course Intro to Making, which has a goal of connecting students with technology, helping them understand the 3D printing process and how they can potentially assist their future patients. Students worked in groups of four to five, downloaded the files, printed the hands using the 3D printer and assembled the hands using different tools. The finished hands were a variety of sizes, colors and designs with the goal of the prosthetic hands being used by amputee patients.

Dr. Hope Martin, program director and chair of the Occupational Therapy program, says that the inclusion of the Maker Lab into the Occupational Therapy program at ACU is unique, something that other schools aren’t doing yet. When creating the program’s curriculum, Martin commented, “I was thinking, what a great opportunity to incorporate making into the curriculum not only to give the students innovative skills, but also to reflect the founding of the occupational therapy profession.”

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See related news stories from The Optimist and Abilene Reporter-News. Learn more about the Maker Lab and the Occupational Therapy program at ACU.