Meet Richard Van As, a South African carpenter, turned inventor, who lost four fingers from his right hand in a saw accident. Mr. Van As could not afford the tens of thousands of dollars to purchase his own electrical impulse activated prosthetic so he decided to help himself.With the advent of 3-D printing Van As was able to build himself a working ‘robo hand.’ Being the caring man that he is, Van As decided to help dozens of people from toddlers to adults to regain their grips.

This is yet another example of how an average Joe, with some ingenuity and the paradigm shifting 3-D printer, can truly change people’s lives for the better without the need for a factory or access to endless resources.

Van As has published his plans for the 3D hand online, available as opensource and free to all.

Mr. Van As, was able to help all these people because of the generosity of others through donations. If you’d like to help him help others, please visit their website and consider making a donation at

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.