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Students use 3-D printer to build prosthetic for 6-year-old

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An engineering student at the University of Central Florida builds a prosthetic for a 6-year-old boy born with half an arm. (Source: WOFL/FOX) An engineering student at the University of Central Florida builds a prosthetic for a 6-year-old boy born with half an arm. (Source: WOFL/FOX)

CLERMONT, FL (WOFL/FOX) - An engineering student at the University of Central Florida has created a bionic arm using a 3-D printer, hoping to make a child's dream of being a normal kid come true.

Albert Moreno is trying to help 6-year-old Alex Pring, who was born with only half a right arm.

Alyson Pring was looking for someone who could help with her 6-year-old son, Alex, and Albert Moreno was looking for someone he could help by using all the things he's learned at UCF.

Moreno's team built the arm using the printer and common gears.

Normal prosthetic limbs can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but the one for Alex cost close to $350.

The arm works with electrodes attached to the bicep. When Alex flexes, his hand clinches.

He took to it quickly.

"As soon as he put it on it was just like it clicked!" Pring said.

After just a few fittings, Alex could throw a ball with the hand and also write like any other child.

"I'll write my whole name," Alex said.

Moreno and his team did not do this for class credit, and they will not sell the arms.

Instead, they'll make the plans available free for any parent who needs them.

"We have a responsibility to do this," Moreno said. "With these degrees in engineering, if we can't be helping people with it then what are they worth?"

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