Get ready for an emotional nerdtastic moment, my fellow nerds. A 7-year-old Augusta, Ga., boy found himself at the heartwarming intersection of the maker movement and elite "Star Wars" cosplay action this past weekend when he was surprised with a new 3D-printed prosthetic arm by members of the 501st Legion, a bunch of people who rock the best Stormtrooper and other Imperial costumes around.
A giggly Liam Porter was presented his new arm as members of the Legion stood watch by John Peterson, a 3D-printing enthusiast who was connected with the boy's family via an online community that creates prosthetics for those who need them.
Liam, who was born without part of his left arm and has had other prosthetics in the past that weren't that functional, was able to grasp a cup with the clamp on his new hand immediately after he strapped the arm on. The arm is a "RIT arm" designed for people with an elbow but no wrist that can be printed in a few hours for the fraction of the cost of a "real" prosthetic from a medical supplier.
Liam, a "Star Wars" fan, also received an Imperial helmet and a certificate from the Georgia garrison of the 501st Legion. The boy didn't have a lot to say, but he was all smiles, giggles and later play-fighting with his friends and his new arm. The one word of reaction Liam did offer pretty much sums up the whole story though. "Cool!" he said.
Watch the whole adorkable episode below.
(Via Augusta Chronicle)