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A whole lot of hope

Last October Howard Kamarata lost 3 fingers of his left hand in a carpentry accident. Then a friend, Casey Barrett, mentioned a video he’d seen about a South African guy who had also lost his fingers.

The video told the story of how he had used a 3D printer and collaborated with an American to produce plans for fabricating prosthetic parts. They posted the files online for anyone to use.

Casey is a design engineer. Together with Dan Perlmutter of Graphic Design Services in Scottsdale, he, Howard and Perlmutter used the files to produce their own prosthesis, giving Howard a workable hand and a whole lot of hope – all for $200.


Full story in “Technology lends a hand” by Brad Wood (, published in In&Out magazine, Feb 20, 2014, pp.16-19.

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