Diego Corredor loves music and has always longed to play the guitar. But the 17-year-old lost his right hand at birth, rendering his dream impossible.
Or so it seemed.
In this video, the teen overcomes the seemingly insurmountable, playing a guitar with total aplomb -- with the help of a special 3D-printed prosthesis.
The prosthesis, made by the Colombia-based 3D design and printing company 3Dglück, allows Corredor to manipulate a guitar’s strings with dexterity. It's even emblazoned with the words "Linkin Park," after one of the teen's favorite bands. See a close-up of the prosthesis here:
“3D printing is here to revolutionize the way things are made,” 3Dglück co-founder Andrea Monroy says in the video. “What we wanted to do was make a tool that was useful, and [that would] improve Diego's quality of life.”
Monroy told 3ders.org, a website about 3D printing news, that what the teen really wanted was to be fitted with prosthesis that would allow him to do “extraordinary things.”
“That was his ambition, we wanted to used his arm. There is a quote by Luis Borges that says ‘I am not who I am, I am what I do with my hands.’ That is exactly the way Diego perceives life. Why would someone want an expensive prosthesis if they cannot do extraordinary things like playing piano, guitar or take a picture? Why is the main goal covering the problem?" she said.