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UCF’s Limbitless Solutions Launches Clinical Trial Of 3D Prosthetic Arm

University of Central Florida
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The University of Central Florida and Oregon Health & Science University have launched the first clinical trial for a 3D-printed prosthetic arm for children.

The trial will follow 20 kids between 6 and 17 years old fitted with a custom designed arm.

“Being able to collaborate together, seeing those kids’ smiles light up when they see the new arms that they might apply for, it’s unbelievable. So happy,” said Albert Manero, CEO and co-founder of Limbitless Solutions.

The clinical trial is a step toward getting approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market the prosthetic arm to the public.

Traditional prosthetics can cost up to $100,000. Limbitless Solutions says its devices can be made for $1,000.

Catherine Welch is news director at Rhode Island Public Radio. Before her move to Rhode Island in 2010, Catherine was news director at WHQR in Wilmington, NC. She was also news director at KBIA in Columbia, MO where she was a faculty member at the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism. Catherine has won several regional Edward R. Murrow awards and awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc., New England AP, North Carolina Press Association, Missouri Press Association, and Missouri Broadcasters Association.