E-nabling The Future

A network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the World a "Helping Hand."

ABOUT US

This blog is dedicated to following the growth of the “3d Mechanical Hand – Maker Movement” that was inspired by two strangers (a prop maker from the USA and a carpenter from South Africa) that came together from 10,000 miles apart – to create a prosthetic hand device for a small child in South Africa …and then gave the plans away – for free…so that those in need of the device could make them for themselves or have someone make it for them.

What originally started out as a couple of guys who created something to help one child in need…has grown into a World wide movement of tinkerers, engineers, 3D print enthusiasts, occupational therapists, university professors, designers, parents, families, artists, students, teachers and people who just want to make a difference.

They are coming together to create, innovate, re-design and give a “Helping hand” to those that need it – whether it is helping to print parts for them,  creating a completed device for them or simply helping to guide them as they build one themselves.

There are people around the Globe – 3d printing fingers and hands for children they will never meet, classes of high school students who are making hands for people in their local communities, a group of people that are risking their lives to get these devices onto people in 3rd World countries and new stories every day of parents working with their children to make a hand together.

The seed was planted and the Tree is branching out, growing and becoming more beautiful than ever imagined!

Come watch it grow with us!

“Now all the fingers of this tree (darling) have hands, and all the hands have people; and more each particular person is (my love) alive than every world can understand…” – E.E. Cummings

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  6. I sure am proud of your accomplishments.
    May God continue to bless you.
    May St Joseph help you
    john marchlik
    Aston, Pa

  7. This is beautiful!
    What wonderful people getting involved in this most worthy endeavour.

  8. I would donate a 1000.00 to research to stop hot car deaths. any ideas for a comprehensive alarm system to detect and protect children from hot car death.

  9. What you have done for this child is miraculous and wonderful! I am the grandmother of a 15 month old granddaughter who was born with PFFD (Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency) and I am desperate to help her lead a normal life. She is currently trying to walk with her second prosthesis and a gait walker, but her prosthesis will not stay on very well and prohibits her from many activities. Does the possibility exist that 3D printers may help people with leg deformities in your opinion? I have been researching her condition for months and I am in the process of contacting Shriner’s Orthopeadic for assistance as well. I am seeking any information from as many sources as possible and would so appreciate any help you could provide. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for any help, etc.!

    • Hello Melody! We do not currently work with lower limb devices but have seen folks who have created some customized leg covers but do not know if anything fully 3D printed has come about for legs just yet. If you google 3D Printed Prosthetic legs – many images and pages come up! It looks like there are people working on it out there in the world!

      Thank you for stopping by to say hello! I hope you find something for her!

  10. I am a mother of a daughter who has a mild form of cerebral palsy. She cannot use her right hand as well since it is weaker and the fingers don’t open as easily for her. Is it possible to use the gauntlet with cords attached to a glove to open her fingers and give them more function as her wrist moves normally?

    • Hi Linda! We are actually working on an exo-skeleton specifically for these types of cases and will have something to share about it soon! It is still in the prototyping phase but we have something functional working already! Please keep an eye on our page for when we share!

  11. Hi this is amazing, I am a 53 yr old man and I ride bikes. I have always wanted something like this to help me with clutching my bike. If this is strong to do that I would love to have one. I was burn at the age of 6 months and lost fingers on both hands. The left hand is the worst. So if I am leaving this message in the right, it would be a blessing for someone to contact me about how I can, or if I qualify for one. My number is 850 661 1450, and my name is Amos Carroll. Thanks in advance.

  12. I am the mother of a 9 year old little girl, adopted from China in 2007. She was born with missing radius bones. On her left hand she has five fingers, but only her pinky works correctly. On her right hand she has one large mono-digit. Is there anything your group could do for Emily??

  13. Wanted to let you know that I find this project absolutely amazing and wonderful in so many ways!! I was wondering if any of your designs use conductive finger pads on the fingertips? That way they could be used on tablets and smartphones. Maybe it’s something you or your partners can explore. Again.. I think this is a great achievement that you’ve created and I’m saving up my money to buy a printer to, one day, be part of this all!! Keep it up!!

    • Thank you Tony!

      Most of our recipients are young children and they are more interested in riding their bikes and playing ball with all 10 fingers and many of them are more skilled with the tablets and smart phones without the e-NABLE hands on and don’t seem to be too interested in finger pads on the actual devices. But this is a great idea for the older users! Thank you!

      Feel free to join us in the Google+ group!

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