A Spanish teenager with a rare genetic condition has built himself an Iron Man inspired prosthetic arm using LEGO pieces.
Everybody loves LEGO, this is just a fact. The possibilities of what one can build with these little plastic brick are endless.
19-year old bioengineering student David Aguilar was born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition. He told Reuters how being different never made him stop believing in his dreams.
“As a child, I was very nervous to be in front of other guys because I was different, but that didn’t stop me believing in my dreams.”
His love for LEGO has led him to build his own prosthetic arm using these little bricks. His first attempt at creating one of these arms came when he was just 9-years-old. It was very simple in design and quite limited in what it could do. However, at the age of 18, he was able to build a more advanced prosthetic that had a moveable elbow joint powered by an electric motor.
Aguilar hopes to one day be able to create low-cost prosthetic legs and arms for people who need them and wants people with disabilities to know that they too can reach their dreams and goals.
“I would try to give them a prosthetic, even if it’s for free, to make them feel like a normal person. Because what is normal, right?”
His latest LEGO prosthetic allows him to pick up even heavier objects. Each iteration of his prosthetic arm is marked as MK followed by a number. This is in honour of his favourite superhero, Iron Man, who also names his various sets of armoured suits using the same numeric system.