Tween brothers lend a hand with 3D-printed prosthetic – The San Diego Union-Tribune


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On a recent afternoon Calramon Mabalot, 10, and his brother, Calexis, 12, tinkered with an orange toy gun and a plastic watch in their family’s Escondido home. Their 3-D printer hummed in the background, as it does round the clock, producing everything from key fobs and video game props to functional prosthetic limbs.

Through their business, Brother Robot, the boys manufacture specialty products for an international market. And recently they started building cutting-edge prosthetic hands. 

Calramon, a fifth-grader at Reidy Creek School, is the engineer, who built the 3-D printer and handles the mechanical tasks. Calexis, in eighth grade at Rincon Middle School, is the computer guy, who does the digital design for their projects.

The brothers showed a talent for technology at an early age, said their father, Carlos Mabalot. Calramon started flying drones at age 5, and Calexis taught himself to use a computer at the same age, then learned programming and coding in sixth grade. 

On a recent afternoon Calramon Mabalot, 10, and his brother, Calexis, 12, tinkered with an orange toy gun and a plastic watch in their family’s Escondido home. Their 3-D printer hummed in the background, as it does round the clock, producing everything from key fobs and video game props to functional prosthetic limbs.

Through their business, Brother Robot, the boys manufacture specialty products for an international market. And recently they started building cutting-edge prosthetic hands. 

Calramon, a fifth-grader at Reidy Creek School, is the engineer, who built the 3-D printer and handles the mechanical tasks. Calexis, in eighth grade at Rincon Middle School, is the computer guy, who does the digital design for their projects.

The brothers showed a talent for technology at an early age, said their father, Carlos Mabalot. Calramon started flying drones at age 5, and Calexis taught himself to use a computer at the same age, then learned programming and coding in sixth grade. 

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