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Charity in Turkey lends a hand to amputee children with 3D printers

Charity in Turkey lends a hand to amputee children with 3D printers

Written by Paul

December 14, 2020


Zeynep Karagöz pieces together robotic hands she printed, in Istanbul, Turkey, Dec. 14, 2020. (AA PHOTO) A group of volunteers, inspired by U.S.-based charity Enabling The Future, are extending a literal hand to children with missing limbs.


Robotel (Robotic Hand) Association, founded by Zeynep Karagöz and her friends, design and print mechanical hands for them using 3D printers. Karagöz, a graduate of the Department of Architecture at Istanbul’s Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, joined forces with two friends to use the new technology “to touch people’s lives.” She first printed a robotic hand in 2014 for 18-year-old Mehmet Ali Toprak, who lost four fingers in an accident while working for a printing company. When she saw a growing demand for robotic arms, she and others started Robotel in Istanbul in 2017. “I found out about Enabling The Future in 2014. They were designing mechanical hands for children by tapping into 3D technology. It was custom-made and low cost. That was what I wanted to do here in Turkey,” she told Anadolu Agency (AA) Monday. When Karagöz and other volunteers published the process of fitting Toprak with a new hand, they saw a growing demand for the custom-made limbs. […]

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