This Mechanical Hand Was Created by a Nine-Year-Old
Calramon Mabalot takes "playing" to a whole new level.
Some boys love sports, others love fishing, and others love tinkering with 3D printers in order to make a bionic hand for their teachers. Yep, they just…wait, what?
Calramon Mabalot, a kid from San Diego, is a nine-year old who just loves to “craft things with 3D printed parts” with his older brother, Calexis. Pretty wild, right? But that’s not all.
Just recently, he was able to build a mechanical hand for a local high school teacher he met while modelling other 3D projects he was currently working on at that time. For the project, he used the downloadable open-source code of a community called Enabling The Future, which aims to “Give The World A Helping Hand” (pun intended?).
Now, with his brand new hand, Nick is able to write and draw on a piece of paper. You have to forgive the awful drawing though, he’s just getting used to it. Sorry Nick!
— Calramon Mabalot (@HabSkibbix) June 29, 2016
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When asked what his inspiration was for starting this wonderful hobby of his, he’d say that the Walt Disney Movie “Big Hero 6” played a big part in it. If Hiro Hamada, a young genius in the movie, could do things like this, well, why can’t he?
As a matter of fact, according to TechCrunch, when asked where his interest in building a 3D-printed arm came from, the response came in as: “I like learning it.” That’s it, he just downright loves doing it. Take a look at the video below to see his energizing enthusiasm towards his work.
— Calramon Mabalot (@HabSkibbix) July 15, 2016
It’s hard to believe, but it is also really re-assuring to see young children accomplishing such big things early in their lives. With the right amount of passion and eagerness to learn, the sky’s the limit for this kid.
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