e-NABLE – volunteers offer prosthetic hands made for children by 3D printers

e-NABLE – volunteers offer prosthetic hands made for children by 3D printers



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.

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29 thoughts on “e-NABLE – volunteers offer prosthetic hands made for children by 3D printers

  1. I had 5 toes on my left foot amputated. Any chance I can ever wear sandals? My stability is good. I am tired of wearing sneakers.

  2. Hi, My son doesn't have thumb in his left hand due to radial club hand and his arm is not straight can you please help.

  3. I have a child right now her mom is on Facebook looking to see how she can get her daughter a prosthetic superhero hand because she was born with no hand and because her daughters only Christmas wishes for one of these hands I don't know if there is a fund that can help I'm looking ever where trying to make this little girls Christmas wish come true any ideas please help

  4. Our school is partnered with e-noble and need funding for our project if u would like do donate or find out more go to: https://www.gofundme.com/scvths-robotics
    Thx!

  5. Hi this is truly amazing my boy was born with a special hand he has obly got the two fingers on his right hand and has had a hard time growing up with all thr nasty comments towards him he is amazed and has asked me to get him a hand like this for xmas n nuthin else lol so please please pleasecould you point me Iin the right direction on how I go aabout Iit plz my email Iis frenchy2209@me.com ty

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  7. Hello Tim Kearney.  Jon is a "Research Scientist" here at RIT, but he is hard to pin down with a title.  He has a wide range of skills and tends to use them in cross-disciplinary ways.  He does a lot of work with Computer Science, but if you focus on Biomedical Engineering and  keep your mind open to other fields and issues you could use that as a great base to do this kind of work.

  8. what would this guys job be called?? looking to get into biomedical engineering but like the social aspect and the helping kids part is just awesome, i want to do it so bad but dont know what in college id have to go for to do so…HELP!!:) thanks

  9. Hi, great piece of work. I am an AE, right hand amputee. I always thought that there was a very big gap in prosthetics, either an ancient hook or thousands of pounds worth of electronics. I was very lucky, my son built me a home-made arm which works great and costs a few pounds. I can now do very simple, important tasks which others with two arms take for granted. Another good thing about it, is that we can repair the arm ourselves, very cheap and quickly. With your help, a lot can now, be as lucky as I am and have the help of a low cost prosthesis. Keep up the good work. I'm very impressed.

  10.  just got my first 3d printer and I have a feeling that its going to change my life and the life of others in a positive way!!!
    was hooked on it since the  second I saw the endless possibilities of this wonderful tool, now that I got my own I feel like I need to share the amazement with other people, I love to help those who cant help them selves and I always get an amazing feeling out of it, so I said to my self '' self, everyday you spend 30 to 40$ on lunch and really don't get any satisfaction out of it besides a full stomach, but 20$ of filament +3d printer + the correct stl files, and you can give hope, confidence and change a persons life for ever. so I would love the opportunity of being able to skip a meal and make a  huge impact in a persons life. 

  11. I love this story!! I just started getting into 3d printing, so far I've made parts for a new 3d printer but I want to be able to make this prosthetic hand for people that really need it, like the gentleman said  in 1:44–1:46, I want to change some ones life and be able to do it with that wonderful smile that he has wile saying it! god bless you sir, I wish I could one day be like you and have a positive impact in peoples lives. thank you for that joy! 

  12. This Is A Wonderful Thing They Are Doing From The Kindness of their Hear, I'm Glad To Know Their Are Still Good People In The World

  13. They need to start working on feet or legs next.  I have all my limbs but not everyone is so lucky.

  14. very cool! You might want to contact simon  at http://www.diyode.com/about/  I think he might be interested!

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