Monday, December 9 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-09 23:37:59 GMT
The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."The RFP includesMore >>
The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:34 PM EST2013-12-09 22:34:19 GMT
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Police are reporting a flatbed lumber semi-truck has overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan. Police are reporting the driver is out of the truck, and seems to be okay. PoliceMore >>
A flatbed lumber semi-truck that overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan has now been up righted. More >>
President Barack Obama's top health official is asking for an investigation into the administration's botched rollout of HealthCare.gov.More >>
Playing catch-up with a long way to go, President Barack Obama's new health insurance markets last month picked up the dismal pace of signups, the administration reported Wednesday.More >>
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
As 2-year-old Kate Berkholtz reaches for a ball at the "Little Gym of Huntsville," technology is reaching further into the future. Jason Hundley, President and CEO of Zero Point Frontiers in Huntsville believes Kate is "...the youngest person that anybody's really made any type of additive manufacturing prosthetic for in the world."
Born with Symbrachydactyly, Kate's hand didn't full develop in the womb. The cause of the congenital abnormality is unknown. Although she's learned to adapt, 3D printing could offer Kate was she was born without. Kate's mother, Jessica, said "We were kind of waiting to see if a prosthetic could come along that could help her do a specific task, like hold a paint brush with that hand or hold onto a bicycle."
Zero Point Frontiers in Huntsville has a 3D printer. It's manufactured by Makerbot and costs around $3,000. Megan Beattie is an engineer at Zero Point Frontiers. Shawn Betts is an intern and engineering student at UAH. The two have been working for the past couple of months to create a hand for Kate.
The technology behind the hand may seem complex, but broken down, it's quite simple. An image is uploaded from a software program onto a memory card, much like the one you have in your camera. To start, the company used a template of a 3D hand that was already out there. Then, they scaled it down to fit Kate's hand.
That design is then picked up by the printer's built in processor and the digital instructions tell the printer what to do. A plate in the printer slowly moves down as hot plastic is sprayed, creating the hand layer by layer. Beattie and Betts then use fishing wire and screws to put the hand together. The total time to make the hand? Less than a day. The cost? Around $5.
It's that price tag that has the interest of parents of kids who need prosthetics. Depending on the type, you're looking at between $25,000-$50,000 for a prosthetic. The problem is, most insurance companies won't pay for a child's prosthetic. They just grow out of them too fast. At such a cheap cost, this might be the solution that families have been looking for, including Kate's.
In early September, Beattie and Betts met up with Kate and her family at the "Little Gym of Huntsville." They had a new hand they wanted Kate to try on. After a little coaxing from dad, Kate allowed the pair to strap the hand on. As all the adults crowded around to see if it fit, Kate looked at her hand with skepticism. She picked up a scarf with it and then swung on a play set, but after about 10 minutes, asked for it to be taken off.
Beattie and Betts concede that it's not the perfect fit just yet and one of their top priorities is making the hand more comfortable for Kate. There's even talk of using a glove to better attach it to her hand. With the future here, 3D printers will become more prevalent, and Kate won't be the only kid on the block sporting a new kind of prosthetic.
Learn more about Zero Point Frontiers here. For more information about Makerbot and their 3D printers, visit their website.
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:08 PM EST2013-12-11 02:08:16 GMT
An Evansville mother is facing several child neglect charges. Police say a tip lead them to 29-year-old Jessica Pate's home on Jackson Avenue. Officers say during a search of her home they found threeMore >>
An Evansville mother is facing several child neglect charges.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 3:59 PM EST2013-12-10 20:59:50 GMT
On Monday December 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm the North Canton Police Department responded to 1161 North Main Street Lot 16, to investigate a report of the possibility of infant skeletal remains found in aMore >>
An investigation is underway after the skeletal remains of two infants were found in a North Canton mobile home.
Cops were called to the mobile home on North Main Street just before 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
Monday, December 9 2013 8:17 PM EST2013-12-10 01:17:55 GMT
The country music star who set the standard for live concert production in the 1990s is back. Garth Brooks is ready to tour the world again, and he's taking his whole band with him. Brooks remains theMore >>
The country music star who set the standard for live concert production in the 1990s is back. Garth Brooks is ready to tour the world, and he's taking his whole band with him.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:35 PM EST2013-12-11 02:35:35 GMT
Voting is almost over in a special election in Western Kentucky. The election is to fill the 7th House District seat vacated when Representative John Arnold stepped down. The district covers all of UnionMore >>
The polls closed at 6 Tuesday night, and results show a winner in the election for the 7th District House seat. More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:21 PM EST2013-12-11 01:21:35 GMT
Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing andMore >>
Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:41 AM EST2013-12-11 13:41:37 GMT
HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) – Two students at Henderson High School is facing expulsion after the school says "serious horseplay" occurred on other students. According to Henderson School District Public InformationMore >>
Two students at Henderson High School are facing expulsion after the school says "serious horseplay" occurred on other students.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:51 PM EST2013-12-11 02:51:15 GMT
Officials with the EVSC say schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Wednesday. When on a two-hour delay, all schools and programs will begin two hours later than their normal time, with the followingMore >>
When on a two-hour delay, all schools and programs will begin two hours later than their normal time, with the following exceptions:More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:38 PM EST2013-12-11 04:38:05 GMT
The Indiana State Board of Education is hearing from EVSC officials Tuesday night on why Glenwood Leadership Academy should stay open and under the school corporation's control. EVSC Superintendent DavidMore >>
A sixth consecutive 'F' grade could be facing Evansville's Glenwood Leadership Academy and that could force the state to take drastic action. More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:54 PM EST2013-12-11 04:54:32 GMT
(RNN) - Gil Brandt of NFL.com and ESPN radio host Paul Finebaum are reporting that Alabama's Nick Saban is in contract negotiations with the university for a contract extension that would pay him $7 millionMore >>
Reports are swirling that Alabama football coach Nick Saban has a contract extension on his desk from Alabama. Meanwhile, conflicting reports coming from Texas say that coach Mack Brown may be on his way out this week. More >>
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