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Magic Arms is a Semifinalist in the MN Cup

Minnesota Cup - Jun 07, 2016

Magic Arms is excited to participate as a semifinalist in Life Science/Health IT section of the 2016 Minnesota Cup! Read More

Why This Little Two-Year-Old Girl Loves 3D Printed Magic Arms

TJ McCue for Forbes - Aug 14, 2012

3D printing is regularly touted as one of the future’s brightest technologies and business opportunities. But the real and beautiful power comes when any technology can truly change a life, as it has in the case of a two-year-old little girl named Emma.

Thanks to a Stratasys 3D printer, Emma now has the use of her arms.
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3D Printed 'Magic Arms' Give a Little Girl Use of Her Limbs

Terrence O'Brien for Engadget - Aug 08, 2012

Don't get us wrong, we adore 3D printers and the whole additive manufacturing movement. But, if all you're going to get out of the ABS-jets are some companion cubes and a raptor claw, well then, we don't think there's much hope for the technology.

Thankfully there are people out there (much better people than us, we might add), who have turned to 3D printers to actually improve people's lives. Take, for example, the tale of two-year-old Emma, born with the congenital disorder arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). The disease causes a person's joints to become locked in a single position. In Emma's case, it was her arms. There are prosthetics that can help, but most are made of metal -- including the anchor vest -- which would make them too heavy for a 25-pound girl.

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WREX, 3D-Printed Exoskeleton, Helps Girl With Rare Congenital Disorder Move Her Arms

Huffington Post - Aug 03, 2012

Thanks to a tiny exoskeleton that was made possible by 3D printing, a toddler with a rare congenital disorder has been given the gift of movement.

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3D Printed "Magic Arms" Let a Toddler Hug and Play

Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan for Fast Company - Aug 12, 2012

In the last few years, we’ve seen everything from handcuff keys to prescription medication emerge from the beds of 3D printers. But Emma Lavelle’s story is one of the most compelling examples of the technology in recent memory.
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Why 3D Printing – and One Little Girl's 'Magic Arms' – Should Make Us All Glad to Be Alive

Scott Jordan Harris for The Telegraph - Aug 20, 2012

Of all the great sights at London 2012, perhaps the one that most perfectly encapsulated the Olympic spirit was of Oscar Pistorius – South Africa’s famous “blade runner” – competing in the 400m on prosthetic legs.
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Health Star of the Week: The Little Girl with the Magic Arms

Lexi Petronis for Glamour - Aug 10, 2012

Four-year-old Emma was born with a muscular condition affecting her joints and muscles, which means she's too weak to lift her own arms. As a toddler, that meant she wasn't able to learn to feed herself, to color with crayons, or play with a ball. Read More

Researchers Use 3D Printer to Create New "Magic Arms" for Disabled Toddler

Faine Greenwood for GlobalPost - Aug 06, 2012

We knew 3D printing technology was cool but for a 2-year-old with a congenital disease that has fused her joints, a 3D printed "exoskeleton" is allowing her to use her arms for the very first time.
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3D Printer Helps 4-Year-Old Girl Who Can't Use Her Arms Play with Toys

Ryan Jaslow for CBS News - Feb 25, 2013

(CBS News) A 4-year-old girl with a rare disease that robbed her from using her arms can now pick up toys and play for the first time with the help of a 3D printer.
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