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3-D Printing Prosthetics: Changes For A Little Girl, And Much More

With previously unpublished photos.

Jessica Berkholtz carefully attaches her daughter Kate's plastic hand. Photos by Dan Carsen.

90.3 WBHM Birmingham, Ala. -- In Huntsville there's a little girl who was born without fingers on one hand, but she now has an affordable prosthetic. Three-dimensional printing made it possible. That technology is spreading, which means her story is just one example of life-altering changes on the horizon. In this national story, with previously unpublished photos, WBHM's Dan Carsen has more:

More previously unpublished images are below.

Two-year-old Kate Berkholtz warming up for gymnastics class at The Little Gym in Huntsville.

Different stages of both the development and the assembly of Kate's prosthesis, at Huntsville's Zero Point Frontiers Corp., where the project started.

The 3-D printer that made Kate's prosthetics.

Looking down into where objects come into being. An extruder squirts liquid plastic according to precise coordinates. The plastic hardens, and boom -- there's a hand, or just about anything else.

Zero Point intern Shawn Betts -- who's done much of the work on the project -- models a prosthetic.

Working toward the perfect fit.

Not 100% sold?

Sold. Kate ran off and played, happily.

-Dan Carsen, March 14, 2014