MINOT, N.D. - Finding things we are passionate in is a common goal for most people. But to have a passion for making a difference at just 15 years old is something special.
Fifteen-year-old Lydia Streccius always loved art and technology; it only two took years for her to turn a hobby into something that will change lives.
"Starting the hands was about a year ago. I just knew I was good at 3D printing, and I wanted to do something that I could help other people with. A lot of people lose their limbs and it is really expensive to get the right prosthetic. This is an easier, simpler and faster way to make them and way cheaper,” said Lydia Streccius.
Her father says her 3D printing hobby has grown bigger than he could have imagined.
“She started by printing fidget spinners and made her own design and sold them in junior high. It's really evolved from little things to bigger things and now to things that are very functional and will help people,” said Lydia's father John Streccius.
Each hand takes her 12 hours to build. Starting with the model, printing it and then adding all the straps and padding to the finished hand.
"Just knowing that these are going to go to somebody and they are going to use them is really good to me. All of the hard work has paid off. And it just makes me happy that I am making other people's lives happy,” says Lydia.
So far, Lydia has printed 10 hands and 6 arms, which she has donated to help people in North Dakota and as far as Spain and Africa.
With long-term goals of becoming a biomedical engineer, Lydia's father couldn't be more proud.
"It warms my heart. I mean it's great. I think to just listen to her talk about how wanting to meet the people who might receive the arms or to even get pictures about that. It's helped her become a huge problem solver with figuring out why something doesn't work,” said John Streccius.
Using her talents to help to improve the lives of others.
Lydia currently prints one hand and one arm a month, she wants to get up to four or five a month in order to help more people.
She has even created a YouTube page called LE3D Printing where she shows off her hands, reviews 3D printing products and more.