3D-Printed Hand Enables Girl’s First Pitch

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Hailey Dawson was born with a rare disease, but a 3D printer is changing her life.

3D-Printed Hand Enables Girl’s First Pitch. Hailey is 7 year old, with the help of 3D printed hand she throw first pitch!!!!

“She has no fear. When she waves, she waves with her little hand. When kids want to hold her hand, that’s the hand she pulls out. She has no care about what other people think,” said Yong Dawson, Hailey’s mom. “When people ask her, she says, ‘This is what I was born with. You were born with blue eyes, I was born with his hand. This is me.’”

Hailey began her run of ceremonial first pitches a few years ago at a University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels game, not far from where the Dawsons live.

The Dawson family collaborating with researchers from South Africa to the U.S. — to find a hand that fit just right.

The 3D-printed hand project has been led by Dr. Mohamed Trabia, the associate dean for Research, Graduate Studies and Computing at UNLV, and a professor of mechanical engineering, as well as Dr. Brendan O’Toole, chair of the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the College of Engineering’s Mendenhall Innovation Program that’s focused on entrepreneurship and design.



19 thoughts on “3D-Printed Hand Enables Girl’s First Pitch

    babl responded:
    FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-01-12T13:48:29-08:00 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm


    Lee Narraway said:
    FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-01-12T02:47:24-08:00 14, 2014 at 2:47 am

    You are welcome!!

    babl responded:
    FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-12-08T00:53:16-08:00 14, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Thank you so much. 🙂

    Lee Narraway said:
    ThuAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-12-07T14:44:33-08:00 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Interesting article about the 3D printers!!!

    babl responded:
    MonAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-12-04T04:49:57-08:00 14, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Thank you so much. I am glad you like it.:)

    ellie894 said:
    SatAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-12-02T01:06:41-08:00 14, 2014 at 1:06 am

    My pleasure 😊. It’s very exciting how much potential 3D printers have!

    babl responded:
    FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-12-01T01:21:29-08:00 14, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Thanks for your support. Really honored. 🙂

    ellie894 said:
    TueAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-28T13:25:50-08:00 14, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Amazing! That’s the best of technology and sweet humanity all in one. Beautiful 😊

    babl responded:
    ThuAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-09T19:30:40-08:00 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks for the appreciation. The Little girl will be happy to see comments:)

    Christy B said:
    ThuAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-09T00:15:30-08:00 14, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Great story!!

    babl responded:
    WedAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-08T21:57:55-08:00 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you so much.:)

    babl responded:
    WedAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-08T05:22:49-08:00 14, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Thank you so much:)

    Camie said:
    WedAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-08T05:13:52-08:00 14, 2014 at 5:13 am

    This is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

    babl responded:
    WedAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-08T04:37:56-08:00 14, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Thank you so much for your nice words. So nice of you. :):)

    knittingwithheart said:
    WedAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-08T00:54:01-08:00 14, 2014 at 12:54 am

    wOw thanks, babl <3 I appreciate your exclamations of encouragement!!!! 🙂 💜 Jackie@KWH

    babl responded:
    TueAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-07T21:55:00-08:00 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you so much. You have awesome blog posts!!!!

    knittingwithheart said:
    TueAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-07T21:13:22-08:00 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    You always post interesting 3D info. This one’s also a great fit for my blog’s fb page! 🙂 <3 Jackie@KWH

    babl responded:
    TueAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-07T19:34:26-08:00 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you so much. I really appreciate your comment and 3D printing’s innovations.
    I am sure the little girl will like your comment.:)

    knittingwithheart said:
    TueAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-11-07T08:10:07-08:00 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

    She has a great attitude and wonderful story! 🙂 <3 Jackie@KWH

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