On a work trip to Japan, automotive engineer Mat Bowtell witnessed a one-million-dollar bionic arm in action and wondered how people would ever be able to afford such an expensive assistive device. After being retrenched from his job at Toyota, he set out to use his skills to help children born without hands.
One in ten-thousand children are born without fingers and often don’t qualify for NDIS support. So, Mat bought one 3D printer to create one hand, for one child — it was a success. Seeing the smile on the child’s face would change the course of his life forever.