Three-Dimensional Printing of Prosthetic Hands for Children

Matthew B Burn, Anderson Ta, Gloria R Gogola

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Children with hand reductions, whether congenital or traumatic, have unique prosthetic needs. They present a challenge because of their continually changing size due to physical growth as well as changing needs due to psychosocial development. Conventional prosthetics are becoming more technologically advanced and increasingly complex. Although these are welcome advances for adults, the concomitant increases in weight, moving parts, and cost are not beneficial for children. Pediatric prosthetic needs may be better met with simpler solutions. Three-dimensional printing can be used to fabricate rugged, light-weight, easily replaceable, and very low cost assistive hands for children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e103-9
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2016


  • Artificial Limbs
  • Child
  • Hand
  • Humans
  • Printing, Three-Dimensional
  • Prosthesis Design


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