3D-Printed “Magic Arms” Help Little Girl Play and Hug
Magic Arms for the world is a nonprofit organization created to address a rare disease with a specialized device that provides children dignity and self confidence and alleviates the need for constant supervision by care providers. The demand for a high-tech, low-cost solution for children with AMC has moved the great minds and passionate hearts of Dr. Tariq Rahman and Whitney Sample to create the Wilmington Robotics Exoskeleton (WREX) within their research lab at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington Delaware, which allows these children to have movement of their arms and hands, that they would not otherwise have. This device not only provided a sense of hope for families touched by AMC but has also served children with several other neuromuscular conditions. But the greater impact on Emma’s life and children like her occurred when the co-inventors began creating 3D printed parts produced by a Stratasys 3D printer. This caused the WREX to reach a new level of use by allowing it to be unanchored from the floor. Suddenly children had an exponential level of freedom in their everyday activities and abilities.
2-year-old Emma wanted to play with blocks, but a condition called arthrogryposis meant she couldn’t move her arms. So researchers at a Delaware hospital 3D printed a durable custom device with the tiny, lightweight custom parts she needed. Emma calls them her “magic arms.”
This story has garnered the attention of the world. The case study we wrote and the video we produced was covered by many major news sites around the world, including Yahoo! News, AOL, Engadget, Telegraph, UK Daily Mail, CNET, Glamour, GlobalPost, NBC, Forbes, Wired, and many more. The video has more than 600,000 views on YouTube to date. We are excited that we were able to bring this amazing story to the world.
Now, Magic Arms for the World is working to bring WREX "Magic Arms" devices to every child who needs one!
Go to magicarms.org for more information
Update: May 2013, Stratasys wins Corporate Marketer of the Year at the B2B Business Marketing Association B2 Awards (other finalists were IBM and Siemens). Stratasys won for their "Engineering a Difference" campaign. Magic Arms was the centerpiece of that campaign.