What is the E-Nable Group?
Please visit our “About Us” Page.
E-NABLE is a growing group of over 8000 members who have come together from all over the World to help create and design 3D Printed assistive hand devices for those in need.
We are engineers, artists, makers, students, parents, occupational therapists, prosthetists, garage tinkerers, designers, teachers, creatives, philanthropists, writers and many others – who are devoting our “Free time” to the creation of open source designs for mechanical hand assistive devices that can be downloaded and 3D printed for less than $50 in materials.
Our designs are open source – so that anyone, anywhere – can download and create these hands for people who may need them and so that others can take these designs and improve upon them and once again share with the World in a “Pay it Forward” type of way.
Where can I find the files to create these hands?
Since E-Nable is about developing new designs, as much as it is distributing current ones, we do not have a singular “E-Nable hand” design.
We currently have a variety of designs.
You can find the most current files on our “Designs” page.
You can also find video tutorials for a few of our designs.
If you find that you are having trouble with sizing or need some assistance in creating a different variation for a hand that may not fit in our current designs – please do not hesitate to ask for help in our forums or Google+ community!
How much will one of these hands cost?
Our volunteers print and assemble these devices at no cost to the end users. Each design is different and dependent on which materials you choose to use. On average – the costs run anywhere from about $20USD to about $50 in materials costs to produce one of our hand devices and between $50-$150 to create one of our arm designs.
Where can I find a 3d printer or someone to print parts for me?
Please visit our “Need a Hand” page!
Is it medically tested and approved?
Our current designs have been approved for testing through Creighton University. We recommend careful observation while using these devices that involve your family physician’s input and guidance.
If any redness or discomfort occurs, please stop using the device you have created, until you can consult a licensed medical professional who can make an informed decision whether the device is appropriate for you and possibly help you improve the fit of your device with medical orthoplastic or padding.
This need for observation is why we discourage the use of these devices with exceptionally young children (<4) Young children do not always express when they are uncomfortable, so the possibility of injury is higher.
Please do not use these devices without consulting a physician prior to use and consult with them as to the best fit and use for you or the person you have created it for.
Can I make my own hand?
Absolutely. That is what E-Nable is all about! All you need is access to a 3d printer and a few hand tools. For help in locating a printer near you please visit our 3D printing options page!
Please make sure you communicate with a licensed medical professional before you begin and consult with them as you begin to use the device.
How old should one be to use these devices?
We do not recommend the creation of these devices for anyone under the age of 4 years old due to small parts which may result in choking hazards.
What is a Robohand and do you make them?
Robohand is the name that was given to the original design that was created by Ivan Owen and Richard Van As in 2012 that was shared as an open source design so that others could use the files to create their own devices.
The E-nable group is not officially affiliated with the Robohand Project that continues with Richard and his team – We build off of the original files and the re-designs of those files by others.
E-Nable is focused on improving the design, creating solutions for problems with the current designs and enabling people to create them on their own with guidance from the group and we seek to come up with designs that cut costs as much as possible so that more people will have access to these devices.
Will this device work for me?
These hands work best for people who still have a palm and at least a 30 degree motion in your wrist or a functional elbow. The device relies on wrist movement to work to provide the appropriate movement to cause the fingers to close and open.
Please visit the “Which design” page for more information!
Where can I find a certified prosthetist to assist me?
The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics offers a search facility that allows you to locate certified prosthetists by ZIP code proximity. Please visit http://www.abcop.org/Pages/ABC-Directory.aspx.
Feel free to ask Questions!