Engineering a superhero difference

Engineering is about making things work, and design is about form. This project was about finding a way to have the hand function while building the form around that. — Austin Brittain

​​As a freshman, Austin Brittain ​enrolled in Creation in 3-D, an art elective, in order to fuse his mechanical engineering technology major with an interest in digital design.

His experience in the course culminated with the creation o​f a 3-D ​printed prosthetic hand for an 8-year-old boy. ​

CMU is the first Midwest public university to open a large-scale 3-D printing facility focusing on the arts and human services.