Robohand Invention Helps Carpenter Resume Career

Posted By Rich Christianson | Posted: 08/06/2013 12:47PM


South African carpenter Richard Van As, who lost four fingers in a saw injury, worked with a Washington state designer and 3D printing to construct the Robohand. While Robohand was originally conceived to help Van As resume his career, it is now also being used by about 100 children who were born with birth defects or suffered injuries.

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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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Ohio  |  August, 07, 2013 at 05:54 PM

Nice article, Rich. As 3D printing becomes more commonplace and affordable, it will be interesting to see how it will affect our daily lives. Perhaps in the near future we will be downloading files and printing cabinet hardware.


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