A 10-year-old girl from Missouri named Jordan Reeves, amazingly has 3D-printed five-barrel prosthetic arm that shoots glitter wherever she goes.
The prosthetic is not the practical type that assists her to pick up and hold things, but it was made included in a course to encourage and enable children with upper limb variations with engineering.
By linking the children with engineers and designers, the five-day plan assisted them produce their very own custom made prosthetics with any performance they might dream up. As well as for Reeves, that meant to have a great deal of glitter.
We started asking: ‘Why are we trying to replicate the functionality of a hand?’ when we could really do anything. Things that are way cooler that hands aren’t able to do,” co founder of non profit KIDMob Kate Ganim. This program named Superhero Cyborgs, with 3D software company Autodesk.
Reeves was born having a limb difference, meaning the shoulder is stopped only above by her left-arm. After drawing her desire supply up, she produced a 3D-printed cast of her arm to ensure that she might check various prototypes along with a cuff designed to match easily over it.
She subsequently utilized the 3D printing application to come up with various styles of her glitter cannons, and went about testing them, which “was incredible,” Ganim informed Fast Company. “There was glitter everywhere.”
By the end of five days and with the help of the engineers on hand, Reeve were able to create a model which in fact shot glitters outwith just a pull of the string. She named the design, “Project Unicorn”.
Clearly, the shooting ppower of the canon is not at full-strength simply yet – the glitters just somewhat “leak out”, as Reeve describes it. However, Project Unicorn isn’t over yet, and Reeve has been designated a coach who’s likely to assist her over the following 6 months to construct with weekly video calls, on her unique style.
I’ve been talking to my colleagues in electronics and materials development about ways we can create some kind of pressurised system that shoots out sparkles more effectively,” Autodesk designer Sam Hobish told Fast Company.
Jen Lee Reeves, Jordan’s mother, is the founder of the Born Just Right group, which illustrates the interaction between the newest technology and also the special needs community. Her wish is the fact that one day 3D printing can help produce less expensive, practical prosthetics for Jordan also – she is fought to locate prosthetic hands that easily fit in the past since many of them connect in the shoulder.
She claims that the glitter-shooting that is firing continues to be fairly sloppy around the house. “But who cares?” she says. “It’s fun and it’s exciting and it’s a really cool way to empower kids.”