Purdue Prosthetic Club Gives Back to Community

A Purdue University club is creating prosthetic limbs for people in the community.

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 6:15 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Purdue University club is creating prosthetic limbs for people in the community.

The 3D and Prosthetic club says they created the group after seeing people struggle to afford prosthetics.

"The thing with traditional prosthetics, is that they're thousands and thousands of dollars," added Club Co-founder Mrigank Sharma. "So, I suggested to my group that we work with prosthetics to make them affordable,"

The Club is able to provide prosthetics through 3-D printing.

"Once we have a design online that we are happy with, we take it to a 3D printing lab and print off the parts and assemble it," said Sharma.

Through anonymous donations, they can fund the program, and give out the prosthetics for free.
Technology professor Craig Miller says the club is working on designing a cart for his 17-year old Labrador, Brutus.

"He has muscular-skeletal atrophy from his rib cage all the way back to his hind legs and we're trying to make him more mobile or as mobile, as we can," said Co-Founder Adrienne Rudolph.

Purdue Professor of Technology, Dr. Craig Miller who is the owner of Brutus is extremely excited to see the students help his dog.

"It's eventually going to get to the point if we don't get something to take care of this, we're going to have to put him down and so I had class this fall and Adrianne from the 3D printing club brought this idea up and so I said 'Yeah let’s do it'," said Miller.

Rudolph says she was inspired to help out more after providing a prosthetic hand to a girl in Arkansas.

"Coming here, and building something real, something for a real person and then seeing the results it changes you, makes you see that hope is possible," said Rudolph.

You can visit their Facebook page here.

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