Brenham High School Students Make Prosthetic Hand For Two-Year-Old With 3-D Printer

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BRENHAM - Students at Brenham High School used their computer science skills in a life-changing way, thanks to new technology.

They used a 3-D printer to make a prosthetic hand for a two-year-old boy.

Two-year-old Caedon Olsen is your typical toddler, playful and curious.

And he likes to touch everything.

If you look close though there's something that makes him special.

"So while he was in the womb, he hand did not develop and the palm's smaller than the other one and no fingers on the other hand," said his mother Jeanette Olsen.

Ambiotic Band Syndrome or ABS gave him a physical disability his mother hoped he could overcome.

That's where Brenham High School Computer Science Teacher Trenton Hall and his students came in, with a $1,500 3-D printer the school bought last year.

"We're always looking for new projects and this one kind of came out of the blue but a lady approached me early this school year and said that her son was looking for a prosthetic hand," said Trenton Hall.

He and his students took on the task.

"Can I see your hand?" Hall asked.

On Monday Caedon received his new hand and is putting it to use.

Students like Zachary Taylor worked on the design.

"It was a real challenge because we'd there'd never been one built for someone that young before because once you scale down to that size it doesn't really work well," said Taylor.

"We can't even imagine what that would be like because we do have them and to be able to give someone that gift is amazing," said student Christopher Holle.

"It's amazing I never thought that we'd be doing projects that have this big of an impact," said Jacqui Deans, another student.

"It's something that's going to be affecting someones' life so you want to make sure you do your best and make sure it's working well," said Nathan Vanek, a Brenham High School Student.

His is still getting used to the feel of his hand his mom says is a miracle.

"It was just the best feeling just to see that that look on his face like I can do something with this hand now," said Jeanette Olsen.

Grateful for a gift from 21st century technology.

Caedon will need a new hand about every year as he continues to grow, and will continue to visit Brenham High School.

The class hopes to upgrade to a $7,000 3-D printer to be able to create bigger items.