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Inverness girl Hayley Fraser gets 3D-printed hand

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Media captionHayley shows off her new 3D-printed bionic limb, as Jackie O'Brien reports

A Scots girl is thought to be the first child in the UK to have a prosthetic hand made with 3D printing technology.

Five year old Hayley Fraser, from Inverness, was born without fully-formed fingers on her left hand.

Her parents David and Zania Fraser sought help from US-based E-nable, a network of volunteers who design and make prosthetics mainly for children.

Hayley's pink hand was designed from a plaster cast made by her parents.

E-nable's members include engineers, artists and university academics.

Printing in 3D has been described as the "future of manufacturing" and is increasingly being used to make everything from film props to food.

The technology is also being used to make aerial drones for use in civilian roles and parts for motor racing cars.

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