Diversified Machine Systems’ Mechanical Engineer, Clay Guillory, Creates 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand for Colorado Child in Need

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Clay Guillory, a mechanical engineer at Colorado Springs-based Diversified Machine Systems, delivers a prosthetic hand to a nine-year-old student built from parts he produced using a 3D printer with help of DMS CNC Technicians, Jeremy Scherb & Sam Kozak.

Clay Guillory Makes 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand for Colorado Child

Clay Guillory Makes 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand for Colorado Child

When asked about the first thing she wants to do with her new hand, Ana said that she wanted to learn how to write with it, and that the first thing she is going to do is write is a letter to Clay.

Clay Guillory, Mechanical Engineer at Diversified Machine Systems, a Colorado-based original equipment manufacturer of 3 & 5 Axis CNC Routers, designs custom manufacturing machinery by day and 3D-printed products on nights and weekend.

Working as a volunteer partner with E-nabling the Future, an initiative connecting children born with missing limbs and hands with 3D practitioners, Guillory has developed several prosthetic hands for kids in need. Two CNC Technicians from Diversified Machine Systems – Jeremy Scherb and Sam Kozak approached Guillory and volunteered their personal time after seeing one of his previous projects.

On Wednesday, December 17th, Ana was the recipient of his latest prosthetic hand – in bright pink, Cyborg Beast style. Born with one of her hands in a fist, Ana has spent her nine years without proper use of her right hand. Having undergone two separate surgeries in hopes of restoring some of her basic functions, her mother Alma decided to not subject her to anymore physical and emotional discomfort, making the 3D-printed hand a welcomed solution.

Guillory takes his expertise and appreciation for engineering by designing and creating complex items, such as remote-control helicopters, using his 3D printer. His passion for engineering is what encouraged him to become a volunteer for the organization E-nabling the Future, whose network of volunteers, ranging from engineers, designers, university professors, occupational therapists, 3D print enthusiasts and more, do their part in helping create prosthetic hands for children in need.

Anne Jacobs, Principal of Ana’s elementary school, reached out to the organization in hopes of being able to help out her student. On this particular prosthetic, it took Guillory, Scherb, and Kozak a total of 26 hours to produce the parts using Guillory's 3D printer, and 5 hours to assemble the hand once the parts were completed.

When the hand was personally delivered on Wednesday evening with other media outlets present, tears of joy filled the eyes of everyone who was there to support Ana. When asked about the first thing she wants to do with her new hand, Ana said that she wanted to learn how to write with it, and that the first thing she is going to do is write is a letter to Clay.

Diversified Machine Systems is proud to support Guillory, Scherb, and Kozak’s service activities with E-nabling the Future and finds that promoting stories like these, as well as giving some additional support, makes opportunities available to more children.

Learn more about Diversified Machine Systems at http://www.DMSCNCRouters.com.

ABOUT DIVERSIFIED MACHINE SYSTEMS

Diversified Machine Systems (DMS) is a leading designer and manufacturer of 3 Axis CNC Routers, 5 Axis CNC Machine Centers, and Large Format Machine Centers headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO. With more than 30 years of innovation and industry experience as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), DMS’ line of CNC routers and machining centers are routinely used on materials such as wood, composites, aluminum, steel, plastics, and foams. Renowned for quality and precision, DMS advanced machining centers are engineered to increase efficiency and productivity, while maintaining the quality and precision leading manufacturers have come to expect.

Diversified Machine Systems was recently named a 2014 Colorado Company to Watch and was also recognized with the 2013 Regional Business Alliance Excellence in Manufacturing Award.

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