Loving father built a prosthetic hand for his son with a 3D printer

Kids are just the best. And dads who love their kids make them even better. Leon is a boy who was born without fingers on one of his hands. Instead of making him think he was different, his father Paul McCarthy made him believe he was special. In fact, McCarthy made a prosthetic hand with a 3D printer so his son could be excited to become a cyborg. And Leon totally is.


The segment above comes from CBS Evening News and it tells the story of how McCarthy used instructions and designs by inventor Ivan Owen to create a prosthetic hand for his son. The 3D printed hand only costs 5 bucks compared to typical prosthesis devices which can reach $30,000. Even better, the hand can be added to and re-printed as Leon grows up.

The interview with Leon is the best part of the video. His eagerness for life is there, just like any other kid and he thinks it's pretty awesome to be a cyborg.