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A local engineer is changing the lives of those who need new limbs

By day, Mat Bowtell is an engineer at Toyota’s Altona plant. 

But with the plant set to close later this year, he has set himself a new project: creating artificial limbs. 

Mat’s fascination in robotics has led him to create prosthetic hands and fingers for those who need it most, for free. 

Purchasing a $5000 3D printer out of his own pocket, he was able to teach himself the design. His first recipient was a four year old New South Wales boy who needed a hand. 

Mat’s next step is to make this life-changing technology more readily available.

WATCH the Nine News report on Mat below

You can help him by donating at and look for 3D Printed Hands.