The Wider Image: Printing prosthetics in Taiwan
Engineer Chang Hsien-Liang looks at his notes which shows the condition of eight-year-old Angel Peng, who lost her hand, in Tainan, Taiwan. Two months after the accident, Chang tried two prosthetic arms but was disappointed. He wanted a hand with moveable fingers but could not afford the thousands of dollars for a custom-made arm. Chang heard about 3D printing technology and acquired a scanner and printer. With no medical training, he watched online videos to learn about fingers and hands. After many attempts, Chang said he produced an arm with moveable fingers that cost about $4,000. "I was very happy and excited, finally my design could be used," he said.