Put five in the sky if yo’ feelin’ alive. Put ten up in the air if you just don’t care. Who needs a hand or fifty? I could always use a hand. I could use it for help on the farm of course, but also just to stick at random locations in hallways or slap things around… wet noodles, a large ball of moss, a muddy chicken… you know, the usual.

Whatever the need, Dan Sopala, from the great state of Texas, (who in no way condones the slapping of muddy chickens) has created the most incredible 3D printed print-in-place hand you’re likely to see, at least, this year. It has all the things you would want in a 3D printed hand: five fingers (including a thumb), fully articulating joints, and a bone nubbin’ shooting out the wrist.

It’s really fun to play with because it flops around and moves in any which way. I went through several iterations to make sure it was strong, and easy to print without supports.

Did you get that last bit? it requires NO SUPPORTS. As in zero, none, nada of the support structurals. High five. Even better than that, it’s completely print-in-place, as in no assembly required. Double high five. What’s that? The bone nub can be printed with another material for an extra dose awesome. BOOM. Mr. Dan modeled it using 3ds Max but it’s available, of course, as a single .stl file. He used (what I believe) is a Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D printer (see enclosure bundle here) and recommends a 20% infill and PLA for strength.

Now, I know we usually share free models but this is almost free – only $1.25. You can download the model or add it to your collection on MyMiniFactory or Cults3D. [Bonus! Dan has a handful of other print-in-place models, all a buck-25 a piece! Grab ’em all!]

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Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.