Kid gets a 3D-printed bionic Iron Man arm from RDJ himself

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I can think of few things more exciting for a seven year old boy than to get a bionic Iron Man arm that will replace his partially-developed one, delivered by Iron Man himself.

The people behind this kind, faith-restoring gesture belong to an organisation called Limbitless Solutions, a non-profit made up of engineering students from the University of Central Florida in the US, proving my own belief that the world should be taken away from the bean-counters and given to the engineers.

Limbitless Solutions, which was founded by college student Albert Manero, even managed to get Robert Downey Jnr. himself to drop it off.

The charge for the limb? Free.

Engadget says Limbitless’s volunteers scrounged the money needed to build the arm from donations and sacrificing coffee which, as a journalist, touches me at my very core. Parts for the arm cost the team $350 to make (around R4 320), and between 30 and 50 hours to build – a lot less of both resources than some prosthetics require.

This particular limb isn’t quite the complex piece of engineering Tony Stark’s invention appears to be in the movies and neither does it respond to thoughts, but it can open and close its hand when the person it’s attached to flexes their bicep.

Plus, it looks like Iron Man’s arm… that’s pretty hard to beat.

Check out the video of RDJ dropping off the arm and chit-chatting with seven-year-old Alex below, and savour the feeling, even if just for a second, of being part of a species capable of such kindness.

If this touches you and you’d like to contribute to future projects, feel free to stop by the official Limbitless page and donate via PayPal.

[Source – Engadget]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.


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