Girl, 11, makes prosthetic hands via 3D printer

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Girl, 11, makes prosthetic hands via 3D printer

MONKTON, VT – Forget model volcanoes and solar systems, one eleven-year-old is taking the elementary school science project to a new level.

Vermont fifth-grader Sierra Petrocelli is using a 3D printer to create a hand for an eight-year-old California girl.

“I never thought that a 3D printer could change somebody’s life,” she said.

She learned to print the hand from a tutorial by Chicago company e-NABLE.

The hands cost only $50 to make, a far cry from the thousands of dollars more traditional prosthetics cost.

Sierra got an A on her project but the real reward is giving a hand to those in need — literally.

“That was the coolest project I think I’ve ever done,” she said.

Now if you want to create your own 3D printer projects, look no further than your local Home Depot!

The home improvement stores are selling 3D printers.

The machines will cost you a cool $800 to $2900 — but think of all the money you’ll save printing, instead of buying, everything you need.