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Passing the Hammer | Ivan and Torrae Owen | TEDxFoggyBottom
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Added Jul 6, 2016
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Ivan Owen was the first person to develop a 3-D printed prosthetic hand. But he didn't do it alone. He had the help of his 9-year old daughter to help him out. On the TEDxFoggyBottom stage, Ivan and Torrae share their story, and show how being creative and having fun can have a very powerful impact.

Torrae and Ivan Owen are a father/daughter duo from Washington State with a shared interest in art, design and music. In January of 2013, Ivan co-created the first 3D printed partial hand prosthesis, and was later involved as a team of designers in the further development of open-source 3D printable hand prosthetics.

When developing the first prototype, Torrae acted as a guinea pig for her dad and helped to test some elements of the design. She later became more involved by learning to assemble the hands, and then teaching families of device users how to do so as well. Ivan's favorite art forms include metalworking, 3D design, music and animation. Torrae's favorite art forms include drawing, playing piano, singing and martial arts. Torrae wants to continue to learn and apply knowledge in ways that can benefit others, and Ivan looks forward to helping her to do precisely that.

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