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A 19-year-old student from Spain built artificial arms out of Lego blocks.
Bioengineering student David Aguilar was born without a right forearm. As a child with such a condition, Aguilar felt uncomfortable around other people. However, he did not let his condition affect him negatively and eventually built his own artificial arm using Lego.
Aguilar put together his first artificial arm at age nine. He assembled a rudimentary arm in five days by taking a helicopter Lego set apart. However, the arm could only do a few things, like pick up light objects.
At 18 years old, the young inventor created his second arm using a Lego plane set. He added a motor, which allowed him to carry heavier objects and move with more ease. That same year, he built a more functional arm using a Lego crane set. It could move up and down, and open and close.
In early 2019, Aguilar finished his fourth and latest model. Unlike the previous models, it looked the most like a regular hand. It could do the same things as his previous Lego arms but with less wear and tear.
Aguilar’s creative inventions did not go unnoticed and even earned some recognitions. In fact, a spokesperson from Lego said that Aguilar’s tenacity inspires the company. Aguilar also received acclaim from the International University of Catalonia, and he got a silver medal of the Universal League of the Public Good from Paris.
Aguilar has expressed bigger plans after finishing his degree in bioengineering. Using his knowledge, the young inventor plans to create affordable artificial body parts for people in need.