RIT Researcher Jon Schull has connected thousands of volunteers around the globe to make super affordable prosthetic hands wherever they are needed.
e-NABLE volunteers are connected through the internet, and donate their time and the use of 3D printers to print and assemble the movable plastic hands.
See: http://enablingthefuture.org/ for info
Do you need a hand or want to get involved in making them? Visit this link: http://enablingthefuture.org/get-involved/
Unlike established prosthetic hands, which can cost as much as $45,000, these hands can be produced for a cost of about $50.
The mechanical hands will not replace the sophisticated prosthesis, but they can be a useful alternative in many situations – especially when cost is a factor.
They are particularly helpful for children who may need a series of replacement hands as they grow.
Also, because they are mechanical instead of electronic they provide healthy exercise for the arm they are used on.
“Pamgaea” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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