The mission of the Helping Hand Project at NC State is to use 3D printing and innovative design solutions to provide recreational prosthetic devices to people with upper limb differences, while providing a supportive community.
In the U.S. alone, there are at least 125 cases of children born per year with missing fingers on one, or both, of their hands. This loss of function may be restored with a prosthetic device, but the costs are high. The devices are often expensive and children may quickly outgrow them and need to buy another. Many families, therefore, will not be able to provide their child with a needed device.
What We Do
We use 3D printing and other emerging technologies to build prosthetic devices for children in need. Volunteers, primarily students at NC State, use available resources and crowd-sourced donations to skillfully design and produce prosthetic devices at no cost to children or their families.
We are a student organization that designs and builds 3D printed prosthetic hands for children with limb differences. All work is pro bono as we do not charge for our services. We are not a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization but we work closely with Project Helping Hands which is. Also, all funds for the club go towards the designing and building of prosthetics for children. The organization was launched by a student at UNC Chapel Hill and eventually became a club there. In 2015, NC State University started a new chapter of the club.