— For those who have lost appendages like fingers or an entire limb, an artificial prosthesis to replace the missing body part can come at a steep price up to tens of thousands of dollars.
Or, if you're like U.S. Navy vet Howard Kamarata and his friend, engineer Casey Barrett, you can make one yourself for less than 100 bucks with items found at any Home Depot.
In 2013, the 57-year-old Kamarata cut four of his fingers in an electric saw accident and had to have three of them amputated.
The Arizona native met Casey Barrett at a church function. Barrett had been researching prosthetics, and he found a free design online that could work for Kamarata. It used a 3-D printer and some simple hardware materials: a glove from Home Depot, some high-strength braided fishing line, and some screws.
Speaking on FOX 10 about Kamarata's current, upgraded prosthetic device, Barrett said, "The raw materials involved in this are less than $20. To get the parts printed can cost upward of, you know, $50 to $150, depending on where you go."
Kamarata can now do things he wouldn't have been able to do without his new prosthetic fingers, and the two men are bringing awareness to the RecFX Foundation, which is working to provide more affordable prosthetics to those who need them.