New UCF partnership to create research center, offer 3D-printed prosthetics

UCF announced a new partnership with a student-led non-profit group called Limbitless Solutions. Together, they're creating a new research facility to create a worldwide resource for 3D-printed biomedical solutions.

The group has helped a 12-year-old get a brand new arm.

Wyatt Falardrau, 12, has autism and lost his right arm when he was a baby, but he was nothing but smiles as he showed off his brand new bionic arm, and it's blue!

"It was pretty awesome. I'm a fan of the show," said Wyatt Falardrau.

That show he's referring to is the Blue Man Group. He just met his idols and UCF captured that special moment.

"It's just completely overwhelming to have people you don't even know show so much love and compassion," Wyatt's mother, Cynthia Falardrau, said.

The nonprofit group, Limbitless Solutions, built his arm and gave it to him for free.

Because of Monday's announcement of a new partnership, more kids like Wyatt will benefit from their research.

"This is a cross between arts, science, and business and, really, it's a worldwide resource to use this 3D-printed medical devices for humanitarian purposes," said Michael O'Donnell with the College of Business at UCF.

The University of Central Florida and Limbitless Solutions are creating a new research center called the Center for Applied Biomedical Additive Manufacturing also known as CABAM.

"With the backing of UCF and CABAM, Limbitless Solutions will now be able to put more research and creativity into every piece of equipment it produces," said Johnathan Sparkman, one of the founders of Limbitless Solutions and a UCF engineering student.

If you would like more information about the new research facility, CABAM, you can visit them at www.cabamglobal.org.

If you would like more information about Limbitless Solutions visit this website at www.limbitless-solutions.org


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