Teachers create 3D printed finger for elementary school student

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YORK COUNTY, SC (WYFF) What started as a joke turned into a life changing impact for one South Carolina elementary school student. 

AC Lingerfelt lost her right index finger in an ATV accident in May. 

“When I lost my finger, I felt that I was never going to be able to play softball or play the piano,” AC said. “I thought that people would make fun of me.”

Since then, two teachers at Hickory Grove-Sharon Elementary stepped in to provide relief. 

When Ryan Clemence showed students the class’ new 3D printer, AC joked Clemence could make a finger with the machine. 

Clemence and fellow teacher Rachael Shriver took the holidays to study blueprints, and did just that. 

“We realized, hey, we have these printers,” Shriver said. “So why not use them for more than just little things around the classroom, to actually make an impact in someone’s life, an impact that will last a lifetime?”


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