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Nebraska man gets 3D-printed finger replacement 20 years after tragic mishap

You are likely at least somewhat familiar with 3D printing by now. However, did you know that it is capable of making prosthetics for people? Yes, you read that right. A Nebraska man has gotten a brand-new prosthetic finger, all from 3D printing.  

Here’s how it was done. 

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How did he get a prosthetic from a 3D printer? 

To give some background, Nebraska native Adam Cutshall was building a mini golf course for his son about 20 years ago at their home. Unfortunately, Adam was using the power tools while intoxicated and ended up cutting off his pinky finger. 

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What was the process of making the finger? 

Paul used a Prusa i3 MK3S printer to make the device. Throughout his process, he posted videos of the finger’s development, testing its flexibility and durability, and would even show Adam some of his failed attempts. 

Man's hand with clear 3D-printed prosthetic pinky

Paul Hodara used a Prusa i3 MK3S printer to make the device for Adam Cutshall.  (@phodara )

After making about 20 different prototypes over 4 months, Paul completed the final version. Adam is now able to curl his finger for the first time in years, and the finger even features texturing on the tip for gripping. The finger is expected to last for the next couple of years. 

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