Dad builds nine bionic arms for son, 10, born without hand using 3D printer

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Rather than wait 18-months for his son to receive a bionic hand, a dad decided to make his own.

Callum Miller bought a 3D printer and created nine sets of bionic limbs for his 11-year-old son Jamie.

Complete with flashing lights, he was able to build the bionic arms using tutorials on YouTube, as well as help from online forums.

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The father from Stockton-on-Tees told Sky News: I knew nothing at all about it before we bought the 3D printer.

The nine bionic hands have all been made in different colours, with one even styled with a Batman logo.

Mr Miller continued: Jamie comes up with designs as well as I do, including a steampunk one which is gold and bronze. We just fire off ideas at each other, really.

Jamies preferred arm is the steampunk one.

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Jamie said: First of all, it just looks amazing, and say if Im going to a party the lights show off a lot. Its not too bright but it looks really cool.

METRO GRAB - taken from the Facebook of Callum Miller with permission Dad prints bionic arm for his son https://www.facebook.com/callum.miller.108/photos Credit: Callum Miller

Callum Miller decided to make a bionic hand for his son (Pictures: Callum Miller)

METRO GRAB - taken from the Facebook of Callum Miller with permission Dad prints bionic arm for his son https://www.facebook.com/callum.miller.108/photos Credit: Callum Miller

The arms designed by Jamie and his father have enabled him to hold and carry more things (Picture: Callum Miller)

The two have plans to make a more advanced arm.

Mr Miller said: It works on myo sensors, which are little sensors which sit on Jamies muscle on his arm and we plug them into the laptop at the moment but it has a little board that takes the programme.

When Jamie moves his arm the fingers open and close. At the moment its quite mechanical.

The idea of this [new] one is that itll be Jamies muscles and technically him trying to move his fingers so it will sort of be a semi-bionic arm on its own.

The arms designed by Jamie and his father have enabled him to hold and carry more things, as well as to catch and throw a ball.

METRO GRAB - taken from the Facebook of Callum Miller with permission Dad prints bionic arm for his son https://www.facebook.com/callum.miller.108/photos Credit: Callum Miller

The nine bionic hands which have been created, have been made in different colours (Pictures: Callum Miller)

Overall its made him more confident with himself, Mr Miller said, adding that others across the world have done the same.

Instead of hiding away a disability, theyre more happy to show that theyve got one because theyve got something cool to show off.

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The two have also been collaborating with charity Team UnLimbited, who provided the family with a better 3D printer.

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