Actor Robert Downey, Jr., who plays Iron Man in the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” movies, met seven-year-old Alex Pring to deliver him an Iron Man-themed, 3D-printed bionic arm.
Alex, whom Robert calls the “most dapper 7-year-old [he’s] ever met,” loves superheroes and riding his bike, and was born with a partially developed right arm. To give Alex a new arm, Robert teamed with Albert Manero, a Fulbright scholar and doctoral student in mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida who builds and donates low-cost 3D-printed bionic limbs to kids around the world through his volunteer group Limbitless Solutions.
The arm cost just $350 (about £235, AU$455) in materials to make, as noted by Microsoft’s The Collective Project, which is featuring stories of students making positive changes for their communities. That makes it far cheaper than the $40,000 (about £26,900, AU$52,000) it traditionally costs to make such limbs.