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Ironman delivers 3D-printed bionic arm to lucky seven-year old [VIDEO]

Alex Pring's mechanical arm was made by not-for-profit Limbitless Solutions and cost just US$350 to print.


Robert Downey Jr. and Alex Pring compare their super-cool, Ironman-themed 3D-printed bionic arms.

Robert Downey Jr. and Alex Pring compare their super-cool, Ironman-themed 3D-printed bionic arms.

Seven year old Alex Pring was born without most of his right arm. And before last July, the young boy performed most of his daily activities using his left arm or help from his mom.

Albert Manero wanted to help Pring, and the many other children around the world like him.

Manero is a Fulbright scholar, currently working to complete a doctorate in aerospace engineering at the University of Central Florida. He’s also leading a project that aims to make 3D-printed arms more affordable.

He made Pring a 3D-printed, bionic arm. And it looks very familiar.

He even invited a special guest along to present it: Ironman himself – actor Robert Downey Jr.

The Ironman-themed mechanical arm arm was made by Limbitless Solutions, a non-profit prosthetic maker that helps provide 3D printed prosthetics to people around the world who cannot afford them. It cost just US$350 to print, which is a drastic difference from the $40,000 a similar traditonal prosthetic would cost. It charges through a simple USB connection, like a cell phone.

Pring and Downey Jr. were connected through Microsoft One Note’s Collective Project, which is working with Limbitless Solutions. Downey has also worked with Enabling The Future, an organization that distributes mechanical prostheses around the world for children in need.

Check out the awesome video below to see Downey Jr. and Pring checking out their matching Ironman arms.

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