Paul uses technology for a cause

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By Corey Woolsey

Kenzie Paul, a junior at Mount Vernon High School hopes to make a difference, and she is using cutting edge technology to help her do just that.


Paul recently used a 3D printer to help her create a prosthetic hand, one that she feels can help many in need.

According to Paul, the process was long and involved.

“It took over 30 hours to just print the parts,” said Paul. “Putting the pieces together was an additional four hours.”

There are 30 pieces in the hand assembly.

The inspiration for Paul came from the Lucky Fin Project.

The Lucky Fin Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to raise awareness and celebrate children and individuals born with symbrachydactyly or other limb differences (upper, lower, congenital, and amputee).

Symbrachydactyly occurs during normal embryonic development. When a baby’s hands begin to form in utero, they are shaped like mittens or paddles. Then the fingers divide. In babies with symbrachydactyly, the fingers (and sometimes the hand and arm) don’t fully form during this time. This may happen because the area doesn’t get enough blood flow or because of some other problem with the tissue. It’s not caused by anything the mother did or did not do while she was pregnant.

Paul attended Lucky Fin Weekend last summer in Michigan, where she met many people from different backgrounds.

In her time at the Lucky Fin Weekend, Paul met people with prosthetics the topped $100,000.

Paul hopes that she can offer an option that helps people who need help that can’t cover a cost that high.

“I was really inspired to do something,” she said.

The opportunity to do something came when her Spanish teacher gave the class a “passion project” to work on.

Paul took the opportunity to work on the hand project and raise money for the cause, so far $5,000 has been raised.

From Lucky Fin, Paul was introduced to e-NABLE, where she found blueprints to print and assemble the hand.

Paul said the hand is just a bsaic hand, that connects at the wrist.

“When I flex my wrist down, the fingers retract,” sadi Paul. “We can make hands for all different types of limb differences though.”

In her time at the Lucky Fin Weekend, Paul met people with prosthetics the topped $100,000.

The most difficult part of the process of creating the hand was the assembly.

I had to figure out how to print things and how to size them,” she said. “Putting it together took a lot of trial and error.”

The next step for Paul is to send her design to e-NABLE for approval.

“Once we are approved we can start a Facebook page and try to meet the needs of others.,” said Paul.

Paul said they have three kids in Evansville they are trying to help with this project and a military veteran who lost a hand reached out to her on Twitter and wants her to make a hand for him.

“I really like helping people,” she said. “I want to impact as many people as I can.”