Last summer, Josh McKenna, a fifth class student in St Patrick’s BNS received a prosthetic hand from a group called e-NABLE. Josh was the toast of his classmates after becoming the recipient of Ireland's first 3D printed hand.
Josh, a 10-year-old from Portarlington, was born with just a thumb on his right hand but his life has been transformed by a prosthetic hand printed by a team of students and staff from Institute of Technology Tallaght.
In December 2015, staff and students from IT Tallaght brought their 3D printer to Josh’s school in Co Laois for a very special visit.
The purpose of the visit was to show Josh, and the boys in his class, an actual 3D printer at work. The boys from St Patrick’s then used what they learned from the visit to enter their project - ‘How does this grab you? Look at a 3D printed hand -How does it work?’ - into the 2016 RDS Primary Science Fair.