University of Central Florida

3D printing’s ability to transform lives through its medical applications has taken another leap forward. Alex Pring, a six-year-old boy from Groveland, Florida, was born without his lower right arm.

As traditional medical solutions cost up to $40,000 and are challenging to adapt to the child’s growth, his mother Alyson Pring searched for help online. After trying options from non-pro t medical groups and home-built solutions she found online, she discovered the Enabling the Future Network1, which uses 3D printing to provide children with replacement prosthetic hands.


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Six-year-old Alex Pring tries out his new 3D printed arm, created in part by a Dimension 3D Printer.

Six-year-old Alex Pring tries out his new 3D printed arm, created in part by a Dimension 3D Printer.

“The opportunity to engineer hope for families and give children the tools to chase their dreams is incredible.”

Albert Manero, Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida