3D Printed “Exoskeleton” Lets a Little Girl Lift Her Arms and Play
“To be a part of that little special moment for someone else, can’t help but tug at your heartstrings.” — Whitney Sample, research design engineer
3D printing made it possible for researchers to create Emma’s “magic arms.”
The moment Megan Lavelle saw the device, she knew it would change her daughter’s life. Lavelle is an energetic, unstoppable mom whose youngest daughter, Emma, was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). At a Philadelphia conference for AMC families, Lavelle learned about the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX), an assistive device made of hinged metal bars and resistance bands. It enables kids with underdeveloped arms to play, feed themselves and hug.