Advances in 3D printing have introduced a wealth of new possibilities. The technology is allowing people to design and print prosthetics at a more affordable cost, and the E-NABLE network has gathered volunteers that help innovate and create 3D printed prosthetics for those in need. If those prosthetics are for children, it doesn’t hurt to give them designs from pop culture to make them more special. We’ve seen prosthetic hands designed to look like they belong to Wolverine and Iron Man, and builder and E-NABLE volunteer John Peterson recently made a prosthetic left arm and hand for seven-year-old Liam Porter that resembles clone trooper armor from Star Wars.
Peterson put together his 3D printer six months ago and soon discovered E-NABLE. He told The Augusta Chronicle that designing prosthetics for kids is different than adults: “They want it to look as superhero-ish or as robotic as possible. To them, it is just cool. And it actually frees us up a lot because now we can feel free to try to experiment and do different things.” He got the clone trooper idea when he saw the Georgia garrison of the 501st Legion, a charitable Star Wars costuming organization, at a local Maker Faire.
501st Legion member ID-5361 applied the clone trooper paint job to the RIT arm designed by Peterson. The garrison and Peterson presented the arm to Liam at a surprise event last Saturday, and because no clone trooper is complete without a helmet, the 501st made one of those for Liam as well. Watch:
I don’t think Liam will turn against the Jedi.