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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

 When Bruce Newell found "e-Nabling the Future" on Facebook, he realized they needed something he had.

"So I joined them!"

But this isn't his day job.

Newell runs three 3-D printing units in a shed in his son's backyard.

Although 3-D printing is an intricate process, he says it's a relatively quick one. 

It takes about 15 to 18 hours to make a hand, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

"There was one where this kid wanted a Batman logo, so they put it on there and called it a Batman hand!"

Newell is sending the limbs worldwide.

"Right now, we're printing about 300 hands to send down to John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore."

From there, doctors will take some of the limbs to children in South Africa.

Newell says he loves helping kids globally, but he wants people here in Eastern Iowa to know what's available.

He says he wants to show his work to hospitals and disabled veterans around the area.

"The people that receive them, all you see is a big smile."

And that's, Newell says, what it is all about."

For more information visit: www.enablingthefuture.org

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