Glenview Boy Receives Prosthetic Hand Made By Students In The Same Area

Bob Roberts
June 01, 2018 - 7:51 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A worldwide search for someone to produce a 3D printed prosthetic hand for an 8-year-old Glenview boy led his family to 7th and 8th graders from the same school district.  And after nearly a week with the hand, he’s loving it.

The students from Attea Middle School were one of a number of groups on the “Enabling the Future” website offering to do the design and printing of the 3D hand for Dustin Celander; parents Dan and Evon Celander chose them because they were close. 

The students had to design a custom hand because Dustin has a functional thumb and infant-sized fingers.  Attea IT Coordinator Helene Davitz said a Peruvian designer refined it and when the printing ended up beyond Attea’s capabilities, a California man said he would do it all for free.  The result was a perfect fit.

"He printed everything for us, sent it and it was a perfect fit," Davitz said.

Dustin said trying on and using the new hand was “awesome,” and compared it to eating his favorite ice creams all at once. Davitz expects the hand to last two years.  The same design will be the basis of replacements as Dustin grows older.