Young ‘Star Wars’ Fan Gets 3-D Printed Prosthetic Arm From Stormtroopers
This boy didn’t have to be from a galaxy far, far away to become the coolest stormtrooper around.
Liam Porter of Augusta, Georgia, who was born without part of his left arm, received a big surprise last Saturday, the Augusta Chronicle reported. The 7-year-old “Star Wars” fan was brought to a room in his local movie theatre by people dressed up as Imperial Stormtrooper characters, and presented with a new prosthetic arm. What’s more, the limb was created with a 3-D printer, and made to look like a stormtrooper arm.
“That’s something he is going to remember for the rest of his life,” Bob Richards, Liam’s grandfather, told the Augusta Chronicle of the moment the surprise was unveiled.
The arm was created by John Peterson, a member of the e-NABLE charity — an organization that aims to make 3-D printers accessible to those who may not be able to afford them, the outlet reported. While a prosthetic normally costs thousands of dollars, $300 went into making Liam’s arm, which is able to grip objects and could be adjusted according to the 7-year-old’s growth.
It’s technology that could mean improvements for Liam’s daily life.