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Pope Francis meet students who make prosthetic limbs

Pope Francis touches a plastic prosthesis of a hand made of recycled plastic with a 3D printer during his weekly general audience on Wednesday. - AP

Pope Francis touches a plastic prosthesis of a hand made of recycled plastic with a 3D printer during his weekly general audience on Wednesday. - AP

12/05/2016 13:28

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday met with a group of high school students who are using 3D printers to create prosthetic limbs for child amputees in Africa.

The students attend “L'Istituto Massimo” in Rome, which offers courses on 3D printing. The “Crowd4Africa” project uses bottle caps and other recycled material to create the prosthetics. The project was entirely created by children aged 7 to 19.

The “Crowd4Africa” project has plans to open two “mini-factories” for creating limbs in hospitals in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

12/05/2016 13:28