Teacher makes 3D printed finger for bike crash teenager

Published 8th June 2017

Design technology teacher, James Wheldon, made it onto BBC News, when he helped one of his students, who lost a finger in a bicycle accident, by 3-D printing a plastic one.

Oliver Smith, 15, from Derbyshire, lost 40 to 70% of feeling in his right hand following a bicycle accident when he severed a main artery and two arm nerves. After seeing Oliver struggle to type, James Wheldon, a design technology teacher at St John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy, made the 3-d printed finger by drilling a hole in the end of Oliver's splint and attaching the 3-d printed finger there. The invention means he can now type with two hands to do his GCSE coursework. 

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