Local medical students are leading the charge in creating cheaper prosthetics for people in Central New York.

Their plan of action? Using a 3D printer.





Three SUNY Upstate Medical University students have already created two plastic hand models. They'll allow a child or adult to pick up an object or hold a cup. 

It's all thanks to the the Upstate Biotech Accelerator.

Zach Visco says it takes about a day to produce and assemble the prosthetic. Among the benefits -- accessibility and cost.  

Patients would be paying about $20 instead of thousands.

"We know kids are going to be breaking them," said Visco. "We know kids like to test them out, kids are going to fall, kids are going to outgrow things. So, if we kind of remove the stress of a child breaking or growing out of their prosthetic for a family, we know they will get a lot more use, stress-free use out of this device."

The students are trying to find a person in need of the device.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.