UTA Students Use 3D Printer to Create Prosthetic Arm for 8-Year-Old Boy

Students are using 3D printers at the University of Texas at Arlington’s FabLab for more than just class projects. Some are using the state-of-the-art technology to help make dreams become reality for others.

Recently, students there surprised 8-year-old Garrett Clark with a custom-built prosthetic arm created at the lab. Garrett Clark, who was born with a partial right arm, is the son of Andrew Clark, an associate professor at the university.

Adam Williams, a senior kinesiology major, was among those who helped design and build the fully functioning prosthetic arm from scratch.

“The ability to think of something and then create it is just a rush,” Williams said in a video that UTA shared about the project.

Garrett will continue to visit the FabLab to make regular adjustments to his prosthetic until they are able to make the perfect fit for him.

“I’m just really excited to see what he can do with it and how it’s going to just give him some extra function that he doesn’t have,” Andrew Clark said.