4. an amazing group of individuals from all over the world who are using
their 3D printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those in
need of an upper limb assistive device.
The community is made up of teachers, students, engineers,
scientists, medical professionals, tinkerers, designers, parents,
children, scout troops, artists, philanthropists, dreamers, coders,
makers and every day people who just want to make a difference and
help to “Give The World A Helping Hand.”
The E-Nable Community is…
17. Where do the hands go?
• Several thousand have been
distributed by volunteers all over the
• As needed they also go to people
from the standard intake process
through the website.
• Some are used as demos in schools
and maker fairs.
18. Information about Enable Community Foundation
Certificate of Incorporation, 2014
• provide free or low cost assistive technologies to
disabled and other needful individuals
• support free and open collaboration in design,
fabrication, and delivery of such devices
• to provide education and training to users, families,
friends, students, teachers, makers, medical
professionals, and others, especially addressing
the need for free or very low cost assistive
• to partner with other corporate, academic, and aid
organizations engaged in related activities
22. • Small hammers
• Small basket trays
• Crazy Glue
• Sample hand(s)
• 3D printed hand parts
• Assorted extra
cords, fingertips, foam,
velcro, etc. - list
• Sandpaper and
• Jewelry sized
• Rasper to clean
• Paper, pens,
stickers for note
Materials Needed for an assembly event:
30. Printing the hands:
• Takes about 20 hours to print
• Average hand is 9 oz. Uses
about 200 grams of filament.
Using Makerbot printer and
filament, the cost to print is
• Buying a kit of extras from
• Total cost for hand is about $20
You can do it much cheaper if you buy the extras
in bulk and purchase less expensive filament.
Talk about how makerbot came into the library from SCLS, we raffled off little items, community very engaged and interested.
Talk about email from Poornima Dec 2014 say how I was intrigued and went to the website.
We get our own Makerbot working and upstairs by the end of 2014, first thing we do is start printing out 2 hands, everyone is very interested and thinks its cool. Pass around hand. Printed thumb brace for Dennis – volunteer with MS.
Got the idea to do program September 2015. Added community service and volunteers.
Got john and justine Diamond from Enable to come. Had about 80 people turn out. 13 adult volunteers and 41 students volunteered.
After the presentation, most of the audience came up to the table to volunteer and to see the hands up close
mention that SCLS is now requiring libraries to make hands
Meanwhile, started handing out what we could to teens and adults. Initial kits for raptor hand included parts, instructions, and response card. Since moved on to Raptor Reloaded and will be doing Phoenix hand in the Fall. Models are being constantly improved and updated.
Some of the notes that came back with the assembled hands. One with smiling sun was inspired after Paris attacks. Bought second printer on sale at makerbot and started making more. Volunteers from enable still sending kits. Had a few assemble events that Margie will talk about, Saving up kits to repeat in the summer and fall. Local college will be doing a similar program.