Whether  you are interested in becoming a volunteer to 3D print and assemble devices for those in need or you are here to find out what your options are for building your own device or having an e-NABLE volunteer help you create one – we have a variety of options and suggestions that will hopefully help you to your ideal end result!

Please see the descriptions below and choose the option that works best for you and your needs!


If you would like to become a volunteer – please see some suggestions below for ways in which you can help out the growing global e-NABLE Community of volunteers and recipients!




Join the Google+ Community & Claim your “Joined Google+“, “Introduced Self In the Google+ Community” and “e-NABLE Volunteer” badge!

STEP 2: Locate the files for the design that you would like to print for your test hand: Suggestions – Phoenix or Raptor Reloaded
Claim your “ 3D Printed an e-NABLE Hand” badge.

STEP 3: Assemble your test hand device and share images and video in the e-NABLE Community Forums “Approvals and Submissions” section to show your work and get approved by an e-NABLE Mentor Volunteer.
Claim your “Assembled a 3D printed e-NABLE hand” badge!

STEP 4: Once your test hand has been approved by another e-NABLE Volunteer/Mentor, please:
Claim your “Test Hand Approved” badge.

NOTE: At this time, we do not have a matching system in place and your test hand is merely to get you validated as a maker with the knowledge and tools needed to create quality devices for such times that recipients reach out in the Google+ community or via the website or social media channels who are in need of assistance.

The “Test Hand Approved” badge will allow us to easily identify you as a qualified to 3D print a device volunteer and list your name with your badge on the Enable The Future Credly badging site and will ensure that the recipient who has reached out to you, will be able to see that you are experienced as a maker.


• Start an e-NABLE Chapter in your area! If you do not find an established e-NABLE Chapter near you and would be interested in starting one – please fill out the information intake form and our Chapters coordinator will help to guide you and connect you with other chapters who might mentor you!
Claim your “e-NABLE Community ChapterBadge!

• If you have access to a 3D printer and would like to help create hand kits for end users – please visit and connect with the classrooms that are challenging everyone to print at least one hand and send it in for distribution to clinics and recipients in need!
Claim the “Donated A hand“, “e-NABLE Community Hand Kit Donor badges!

• Become an “e-NABLE Social Butterfly” and earn a badge for sharing e-NABLE Community stories, videos, blog posts and images on your own social media channels to help spread the word about the community!

• Display e-NABLE Community devices and information at events and Makerfaires to share the work of the global community and reach out to local families and recipients as well as school groups who might be interested in participating! You can find promotional materials HERE.
Claim your “Event Organizer” or “Participant” e-NABLE Event badges!

Feel free to seek guidance from the e-NABLE Community Volunteers through the Google+ Community and  the forums!


• e-NABLE is a volunteer network of digital humanitarians.

• 3D printed e-NABLE Community devices aren’t for everyone. In many cases, professional prosthetic consultation is required.


If you are interested in creating e-NABLE’s 3D printed hands for your school projects, using e-NABLE in your STEM/STEAM programs, have scouts troops or youth groups that would like to get involved in making a difference as e-NABLE Volunteers and find matches to make devices for:
If you are interested in simply using the design files in your classrooms as educational tools and service learning projects, please feel free to do so, as the designs are all open-source and free to use and create!

If you are a school or educational group and are interested in purchasing a 3D printer for your students/group and need help in deciding which machine to purchase, please visit our “3D printer recommendations” page and our friends at Matterhackers can help guide you to a 3D printer that will best suit your classroom and group needs!

If you would like to become official e-NABLE Community School Groups and Chapters and potentially get recipients to create devices for – please see the steps below:

STEP 1: Teachers/Leadersplease Join the Google+ Community and:
Claim your Joined Google+“, “Introduced Self In the Google+ Community and e-NABLE Volunteer” badge!”

STEP 2: Locate the files for the design that you would like to print for your test hands: Suggestions – Phoenix or Raptor Reloaded
Claim your 3D Printed an e-NABLE Hand badge.

Assemble your test hand device and share images and video in the e-NABLE Community Forums “Approvals and Submissions” section to get your test hand approved!
Claim your “Assembled a 3D printed e-NABLE hand badge!

STEP 4: Once your test hand has been approved by another e-NABLE Volunteer/Mentor, please:
Claim your “Test Hand Approved” badge.

STEP 5: Please visit the e-NABLE Chapters page and register your school/library/makerspace or scout group as an e-NABLE Chapter.

STEP 6. Please create an e-NABLE Chapter facebook page or website – for your group/school – and let us know about it so we can follow your work!
Please claim one of the following badges:
e-NABLE Community School
e-NABLE Community Library
e-NABLE Community Makerspace
e-NABLE Community Scout Troop

STEP 7: If your students/group would like to allow recipients to find you and contact you directly for assistance, please make sure to add yourselves to the e-NABLE Chapters map so that your students can create a device or tool for them!
Claim your e-NABLE Community Chapter Badge!

STEP 8: Please follow us on twitter and instagram – ( @enablethefuture  )- as well as Facebook and use the #enablethefuture hashtag to share your classroom images when you wish to do so! We love to see e-NABLE in your classrooms!
Claim your “e-NABLE Social Butterfly” badge!

STEP 9: If you have created your own e3STEAM e-NABLE Based curriculum and would like to share it with other students and schools, please feel free to share by:
Claiming your “Created e-NABLE e3STEAM Curriculum” badge!

STEP 10: If you would like to send your hands to those in need for our underserved e-NABLE Chapters, please consider mailing your completed devices to Dr. Chris Craft of who will package them up and ship them to locations where the need is great and your completed hands will find homes with children and adults who need them!
Claim your “Donated an e-NABLE Device” badge

• Feel free to incorporate the community chapters logo into your own if you would like! You can find the file HERE!

Other ways to volunteer:


• Join the Google+ community and collaborate on designs! (Earn the “e-NABLE Community Designer” and “Designed a 3D printed e-NABLE device” badges!)
• Participate in our CREATE T.I.M.E. Challenges! (Earn a “Participant” badge!)
• Create video tutorials or written instructions! (Earn your “Tutorial Creator” badge!)
• Greet people in the Google+ Community and help them out as they get started! (Earn your “Google+ Greeter” badge!)
• Display e-NABLE at a booth at an event and share about the Community and potentially meet individuals in need of devices in person! (Earn your “Event Participant” badge!)
• Print hand kits for hand-a-thon events for scout troops, schools, libraries or medical training groups who want to assemble devices as learning tools or training purposes and to donate them to e-NABLE Chapters in need. (Earn your Donated a hand kit badge!)
• Design fun themed versions of the current devices and share the files so that makers and families can enjoy them! (Earn your Artistic designer” and “Created a themed device” badges!)
• Hold a “Hand-a-thon” at your local school, library, makerspace or scouting event and donate the completed hands to to ship to those in need in underserved locations! (Earn your “Organized a Hand-a-thon” and “Hand-a-thon Participant” badges!)




If you are interested in building your own 3D printed upper limb device and have access to a 3D printer here is the information you will need to get started:

Design Files. 
• Please choose the design that best suits your needs and please feel free to ask questions and seek help in our forums!


How to make hand castings
Getting started in Fushion 360
Hardware sources
Tips for successful prints
• Google+ Community


Please keep in mind that is not a matching service! We are not responsible for any devices created by any global 3D printing volunteers for end users of these devices. We simply offer information and links to information created by the global e-NABLE Community through this website. is an informational hub, created by Jen Owen, to share information developed by the global e-NABLE Volunteer Community on how to build a 3D printed hand or arm device of your own or for someone else in need, locate local makerspaces, fablabs, libraries, schools, universities and 3D printing shops where you can find 3D printers in your area, provide links to resources, tutorials and the volunteer community members who are available to answer your questions as you embark on this journey into 3D printed assistive devices!


Please visit our growing chapters group list to locate volunteers in your local areas who may be available to work with you directly to help you create a device for you or someone  you know!

You can find our growing map of e-NABLE Volunteer Chapter groups HERE.


There are many options for those that are interested in assembling their own 3D printed e-NABLE hand and arm designs for themselves or someone they know but do not have access to a 3D printer at home. Many libraries, schools, universities, maker-spaces and community centers now offer public access to their machines and there are also many wonderful 3D printer companies who have affordable home desktop 3D printers available as well if you are interested in purchasing one of your own!

What are your options?


HAVEPRINTERPurchase a home desktop 3D printer of your own: After having their first hand created for them by an e-NABLE Volunteer, many families have decided to purchase their own 3D printer so that they can print out replacement parts at home as well as participate in re-designing and printing parts for others! You can find our recommended 3D printers page HERE.

If you are interested in purchasing your own 3D printer, please note that there are an abundance of home desktop 3D printers available and while some of them may be very low cost, they may not provide the print quality that is needed to ensure that the 3D printed e-NABLE hands are printed at the quality needed to function properly. has partnered with Matterhackers to help answer your 3D printing questions, offer you discounts and have created an e-NABLE Hub to help guide you in your quest to obtain the perfect 3D printer for your home, office, classroom, library or makerspace!

Print at your local library:
Many local public libraries now have 3D printers available to use for a small materials fee. Call around to your nearby libraries and see if they have any machines available for use in creating an e-NABLE device for you or someone you know.


There are usually time limits set on these machines so that everyone has an equal chance to use them, so hands may have to be created in pieces with short print times and spread out through out a week or two instead of printing all of the parts at the same time. Most devices require 10-15 hours of printing to complete but the device files can be split so that parts can be printed separately to reduce the amount of time per print.

Many public libraries will charge for materials used but you may be able to offer to provide your own materials or they may donate the plastic needed to produce the hand.

• See the story of 10 year old Colin, who 3D printed his own hand at his local library!
• Check out the hand-a-thon at the Toronto Reference Library!

Print at your local school or university: 
 Contact your local schools and universities to locate one near to you that may have a 3D printer. More and more teachers are getting involved with the e-NABLE Community and using this project as a classroom tool to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to their students. You may have a teacher near to you with access to a 3D printer who may be interested in helping to print your device as a service learning project for their classroom.

Invite a school to participate in the growing number of schools that are helping to create and share e-NABLE based curriculum and encourage our youth to learn how to use technology to help make a difference in the world and change lives!

Visit the website from a school who has not only created hands for kids who need them but has also created video tutorials to help others assemble the devices!
Visit the story of Chicago Christian High School’s engineering class who have made 8 hands so far and shipped them to places like Vietnam, Ukraine, Syria and China!

Print at your local Maker-space or find a local Makerfaire:  More and more maker-spaces are forming in cities and towns all across the world. These spaces provide the tools and staff to help you build your own projects and many have 3D printers and are donating the materials to 3D print e-NABLE devices for those that need a “Helping Hand.”







Makerspaces and Fablabs are amazing! If you have one near you, give them a call! Most of them have heard about the e-NABLE project and would welcome the chance to help you create a device for you or someone you know! Many will have membership fees or materials fees but many of them will waive the fees for an e-NABLE recipient. There is a growing list of makerspaces and Fablabs – but if you do not see one near you, try contacting the one as near to you as possible and you may be pleasantly surprised!


Find a Makerfaire near you! Chances are, there will be a booth with e-NABLE Volunteers or 3D printer companies who can assist you in creating your own devices!

Print through a 3D printing service: There are many 3D printing service shops available all over the world who are able to print your files for you for a fee. Many of them are now e-NABLE Volunteers and are willing to donate the materials to print but some will charge a fee for the service. Find a shop near you or send your files to one of the many 3D printing services online.


If you are interested in printing an e-NABLE hand to assemble at home, school or as team building projects, if you do not want to wait for the matching system through the Enable Community Foundation, if you are a student who would like to assemble a device for a science fair project, if you are a volunteer who wants to make hands for our recipients but lacks a 3D printer of your own or if you just want to print out a hand for fun – you can send your files to a print shop and pay to have the device printed for you.



** Please note: is not part of the matching system of volunteers and recipients. does not guarantee that you or your child will be matched with a volunteer.

We highly encourage you to research into your own communities to locate 3D printers in your areas to get assistance from libraries, schools, fablabs, print shops and makerspaces to help print your own devices and seek guidance from the e-NABLE Community Volunteers through the Google+ Community and  the forums!

Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with!

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158 thoughts on “GET INVOLVED

  1. I would like to get hand built for my 7 year old lille brother. He thinks because his missing a hand he can’t do certain things I always make sure he can do much more then he thinks. Please contact me if we can get together an get a hand built for him were from California. Thank you!!

  2. I work in a biotech company with access to a 3D printer and am trying to assess if I could use the equipment to be a fabricator. I haven’t reached out to anyone internally yet and was wondering if anyone has any experience working in a for-profit company that owns 3D printers and using them for this great cause?

  3. Hello there,my son has a condition called arthrogryposis which affects his elbows which are fused straight an his wrists are bent under,he is awaiting surgery to straighten one of them.he has normal muscle function but his fingers don’t bend.if you need any help with your studies he would be more than happy. He is 16 and called blue.many thanks.tracy

    • Hi Tracy!

      Please visit our “Get involved” page and fill out our intake form and we can see if our designs might be able to help! – please keep in mind that our devices are currently wrist and elbow driven and they require movement in those joints.

  4. How do I can volunteer for this great initiative ?, further Ideally, the product may have the option to change language . THANKS

    • Please visit our “Get involved” page and fill out our intake form and we can get started on seeing about getting you as a volunteer! Thank you!!

  5. Please Help my son!
    My son is without left hands from born . He is three years birthday for last week.
    he told me “daddy, mommy! I want my left hands a birthday present! why I dont have a hands…..?”
    To hear him talk when I was so sad.
    We are Japanese we live In japan. so sorry we are not good speaking English.
    we need a your help so much.
    I would to speak more to someone about my son’s hand. Is there a better way to reach you?

    • Hello – please fill out the intake form and then our matcher team can help determine if our devices will work for you!

    • 喜んでお作りします!直接メールを下さい。日本語でも大丈夫です。 マット ^o^

  6. Hi my name is Laura, i have 4 1/2 yrs old son was born without right hand, me and his dad have show our boy in youtube about the prosthetic hand and our son would love to have one, i went into the web site but doesnt let me do anything jst stays on 16% completing that is it.

    • Hi Laura – please give it another try – maybe on another device or different browser!

  7. Dear e-NABLE,

    I am a veterinarian seeking help for one of my canine patients. This is a serious request and I was directed to your site after posting to a maker oriented forum.

    I recently saw a young male dog with right forelimb paralysis due to being hit by a car. He has a hard time going on anyhting but short walks, and has a hard time keeping up with his two kids. There was a prosthesis made by 3D Systems for a dog, born with bilateral forelimb abnormality, and it looks like that prosthesis would work very well for my patient. I have tried to make contact with 3D systems, but have not heard back from them.

    I can see that this site is meant for people, but I am looking for some help and direction in how to go about getting a prosthesis made for him. I would also like to learn more about this technology and eventually conttibute to similar efforts. But I really need some help in geting started for this little guy.

    Any suggestions or help would be most welcome.



  8. Im taking an animation course that will teach me how to use Maya and Blender for 3D modeling.
    This is something I REALLY want to be a part of. what other skills would I need to participate?

    • Hi Stephen! That would be a great question for our Forums! You will find lots of help in there!

  9. This is so amazing! I definitely want to get involved in any way I can. My boyfriend recently lost his leg just below the knee and I have become so much more aware of prosthetics as a result. Do you have any plans of doing legs eventually? Keep up the amazing work!!

    • Hi Lisa! Unfortunately, the home based printers that our volunteers are using to create the hand designs, do not have the capacity to create weight bearing devices for lower limbs but there are some companies that have higher end printers that are now exploring the potential to 3D print legs and feet. Someday soon we hope to see them out there and available!

  10. Thanks for the info! I am still definitely interested in helping in any way I can. I have a degree in Public Relations and years of marketing experience. I am also working on a Master’s in psychology and working with amputees has become one of my focuses. I’m excited to help in any way I can!

  11. Hi, Please Can I get the hand design to use. I have already had a 3D printer.

    • Hello – our devices are listed on the website with links to their files. If you are in need of someone to help you print it – please fill in the intake form and we can match you with a mentor!

  12. This sounds like a great project and I would love to get involved. Are there opportunities available to 3-D print a large quantity of prosthetics, or is it strictly on a one-on-one basis?

    • We have a big one coming up – Nepal needs our help! Please sign up and also make sure to watch the Google+ community page/facebook and twitter accounts for calls for large numbers needed!

  13. I would like to join e-NABLE as a fabricator and designer. I’ve already built Raptor Reloaded hands for a familial acquaintance who lives in my local area. Given the pre-existing relationship, it was natural for my wife and I to meet at this families home when presenting a new hand or working on an existing one. For future volunteerism, I could agree to e-NABLE’s ‘no home meeting’ requirement of the member disclaimer, so long as e-NABLE agreed that there would be no conflict with this pre-existing relationship. If someone with e-NABLE can confirm this doesn’t represent a conflict, I would be happy and excited to join.

    • Hello! Our “No home meetings” is a mere suggestion and internet safety reminder. 🙂 It is ultimately up to the individuals involved to keep themselves safe.

      Please feel free to join us!! We would love to have you!

  14. I am from Nicaragua the 2nd poorest country of America and I want to gave a prosthetics hand for a six years guy.

    Please let me know how i can apply to this program.

    Enrique Aguilar

    • Hello Enrique!

      Please fill out the intake form listed above on this page to get started! Thank you!

  15. I have a little cousin that was born without an arm he’s missing from the forearm down, but he is Mexico and i would ready like to help him, i was wondering if you guys could help me. From San Antonio TX.

    • Hello 🙂 Please fill in the intake form linked in the “Need a Hand” section above!

  16. Hi! Really excited about sending our printed Raptor Reloaded test model for QC. I’ve filled out the submission form, but can’t find a shipping address anywhere. Where should I send the test hand?

  17. Hello. I was wondering how does the child eventually put on the actual prosthetic to connect it with its nerves so the child may move their finger. Is that procedure done by a pediatrician of choice or do the fingers not move? Please let me know how it works AFTER the child receives the limb. Thank you.

    • Hello –

      Our devices do not require or use nerves to function.

      They are purely mechanical. The child needs to be able to bend their wrist or elbow and that then pulls on cables and closes the fingers of the devices. There is nothing that connects to the nerves. It is all external and non invasive. The hands only have a basic grasping motion (All fingers and thumb close at the same exact time and do not move individually)

  18. Hello, My 7 years old daughter is starting to have questions about prosthetic hands. She is missing her pinky and index finger on her right hand and her middle and ring finger are fused together she does also have a thumb. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can look into or help her with? Thanks

    • Hello 🙂
      At this time – we do not have a design that would fit her hand shape but you are welcome to submit an intake form and send in photos and we can put her on a list to see if someone has the design skills to try to make something that may be able to work for her.

      The Form can be found on our get involved page here:

  19. Hello!
    there are people in my area who needs an arm.
    I am a Mechanical Engineer and i have a 3D printer and i’m willing to help them out but i need the designs for the arm. could you please send the files to me on this email:

  20. Dear E-Nable,
    I am a student at National Cathedral School, a rigorous all girls school located in Washington, DC. After coming across your website through a New York Times article, I had the idea of starting a club to print and assemble hands for your organization. I received an automatic email on August 10th, in response to my volunteer application. It informing me that your organization is experiencing an overflow of emails and support. Congratulations on the growing support!

    I am eager to get started, and am experiencing a great deal of interest from my peers, as well as our head of school. We are eager to join your team of volunteer fabricators, and look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

    In order for my club to be formed, I need to confirm that I am an official volunteer for E-Nable before the deadline in 2 weeks. Hopefully I can get ahold of someone by then! If not, I will have the opportunity to start the club again next year.


  21. good afternoon my name is my Daniswara of Indonesia , Yogyakarta city , how do I want to buy a fake hand of a 3D printer for my child ??
    thanks much information e – Nable

    • Hello! We do not sell the hands but if you click on the “Get involved” link on the main page – you can fill out the form to get on the list for a volunteer to print one for you if your child has a functional wrist or elbow!

      Thank you!

  22. I live in Kanagawa Japan , I will buy a printer3d and I want to help printing hands, please contact me and let me know if you need further information about me and my family

  23. Hello,

    we would like to cooperate with you. We are a Profesional Industrial 3D Printing service.
    We would like to donate Hands made out of PLA, ABS, PA12 and Alumide.
    But we would like to do more. We are currently working on a easy to use scanning app that would help to get better Datas from the arms to have better fitting hands.
    Please contact us to talk about possibilities. We would be glad to help a lot of people here in this great movement!

  24. I’m a student reporter for Georgia Southern University and I am doing a story on 3d printed prosthetics. I was wondering if anyone could get in touch with me about an interview and possibly certain multimedia aspects.

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