The hand belongs to carpenter Richard Van, who lost four fingers in an accident and has made the blueprint of the replacement hand freely available to anyone on line.
Presumably he’s printed out several hands and the one on display isn’t his only copy.
The new exhibition will introduce the latest technology and processes involved in 3D printing before taking visitors on a journey showing usage in industry, medicine and small-scale projects and business applications.
As well as Van’s hands we’ll be shown that there is potential for printing replacement body parts including teeth, ears, even simple organs.
Engineers meanwhile are using 3D printing to create lighter and more efficient parts for aeroplanes and space probes, which has potential cost savings.
There will also be a chance to see Inversive Embodyment by Tobias Klein, a piece printed in nylon which somehow combines data from MRI scans of Klein’s body with MRI scans of the structure of St Paul’s Cathedral.
3D: Printing The Future will run at the Science Museum Exhibition Road, London, SW7 from 9 October 2013 – July 2014