BREVARD COUNTY — Prosthetic limbs can bring mobility or some degree of normalcy back into a person’s life, but can also be a cost not everyone can afford.
Albert Manero, a doctorate student at the University of Central Florida, is currently working to use 3-D printing for manufacturing to improve the lives of children in need of artificial limbs. Using the latest technology with 3-D printing, artificial limbs can be reduced from $40,000 to $350 per limb.
Mr. Manero will be speaking as part of Eastern Florida State College’s Simpkins Entrepreneurial Lecture Series. The talk is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
His presentation will be livestreamed at the Simpkins Fine Arts Center on the Easter Florida State College Cocoa campus.
The event is free to the public and is co-sponsored by the college and Florida Today.
Mr. Manero is the founder of Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit organization that designs and 3-D prints bionic hands and arms for children at no cost to their families.
Limbitless Solutions continues to give away bionic limbs to children and families worldwide.
“That makes Limbitless a bold reminder of what technology can achieve through vision and a charitable spirit,” said EFSC officials in a press release.
The company has soared to celebrity fame when Microsoft’s Collective Project reached out to Robert Downey Jr. (recently known for his role as “Iron Man” in the Marvel movies), and involved him in presenting a Limbitless-designed prosthetic to a congenitally deformed youth named Alex.
For more information, visit limbitless-solutions.org.