WSU team creates robotic 3D-printed hand for local boy


Chase Rawlings, a 3rd grader at Ewalt Elementary in Augusta, was born without a fully developed left hand. When his mother heard about the technology and talent available at Wichita State in the area of 3D printing, she reached out.

Engineering major Chelsea Sewell and Brian Brown, director of the Robotics and Automation Lab at WSU, got together to think about what they could do for Chase. 

The result: A 3D-printed robotic hand created right here at Wichita State. The first hand will be used as a prototype for Sewell to improve on in the future. In the meantime, she says, Chase gets to be "the cool one in the classroom."