Girl inspires teenager to invent 3D-printed, robotic hands for amputees around the world

Jul 11, 2017   |   Susanna Ray

Photo of Easton LaChappelle with Momo Sutton trying out the robotic hand he invented

Easton LaChappelle tinkered with electronics as a kid to stave off the boredom of growing up in a small town. When he met a little girl with one arm who was interested in a robotic hand he’d created for a science fair, his tinkering suddenly had purpose.

LaChappelle put off college and invested six years of his young life into researching, making and testing robotic hands, leading to the point where he recently was able to scan 10-year-old Momo Sutton’s left arm and 3D-print a working replica for her to use on the right side, complete with matching fingernails.

And now, 21-year-old LaChappelle is making his 3D-printed, robotic arms available globally through his new company, Unlimited Tomorrow, to give amputees an affordable and high-tech alternative to traditional, costly prostheses.

“I hope this will help tens of thousands of Momos around the world,” LaChappelle said.

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Susanna Ray
Microsoft News Center Staff