Bottle Caps Are Being Cleverly Used to Create Prosthetic Limbs.
Envision Hands is a not-for-profit community initiative that uses 3D printing to turn plastic waste into mechanical hands and arms for kids, with the products being sent around the world.
“We saw that there was a waste in the local area, and we realised bottle caps weren’t being recycled,” Teer said.
“As a result of that, we started an education program, and then we thought, let’s put them to really good use.”
The recycled plastic bottle tops are turned into prosthetic hands using a 3D printing blueprint that’s available online for anyone to use.
“The bottle caps come in, and we shred them, and it’s made into a filament,” Teer said.
“That is then fed through a 3D printer with a software program, and hey presto, we end up with fingers.
“It is quite a lengthy process compared to normal 3D processes because the plastic that we’re working with is quite difficult – but the guys are doing a fantastic job in putting it together.”
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