Three-Year-Old Boy Gets a 3D-Printed Prosthetic Iron Man Hand

By: | October 10th, 2014


A 3-year-old Hawaii boy named Rayven Kahae, affectionately called “Bubba” by his family and friends, was born with amniotic band syndrome (ABS). ABS restricts normal growth in some parts of the body. For Bubba, his condition affected the growth of one of his hands.

Although Bubba lived a perfectly normal life without his hand, the idea of getting two functioning hands was always a dream.

Traditional prosthetic hands run upwards of $40,000 but thanks to 3D-printing technology and a nonprofit group called E-Nable, Bubba found himself in line to receive a new hand. E-Nable enlists volunteers and operates off donations from strangers in order to provide 3D-printed prosthetics to patients for free.

Bubba logically asked what any little boy would when being notified he could receive a new hand… He wanted an iron man hand and E-nable delivered.

Bubba’s family captured his excitement on camera after receiving his new 3D-printed prosthetic in the mail. He will continue to be refitted for his prosthetic hand as he gets older and grows.

Regardless, 3D-printing and the people at E-Nable made Rayven’s day. And the most incredible thing about this whole story, ehile some people are paying thousands of dollars for prosthetics, the materials used to make Bubba’s hand from start to finish only cost $50.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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