NEED A HAND? WANT TO HELP?
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!
STEP 1: 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 enablingthefuture.org 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.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP!
• 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 Chapter” Badge!
• If you have access to a 3D printer and would like to help create hand kits for end users – please visit handchallenge.com 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!
• 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.
EDUCATORS, STUDENT, GROUPS & SCHOOLS
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 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.
STEP 3: 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 Handchallenge.com 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 handchallenge.com 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:
Please keep in mind that enablingthefuture.org 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.
Enablingthefuture.org 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?
Purchase 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.
Enablingthefuture.org 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.
PUBLIC, ACADEMIC AND SCHOOL LIBRARIES WITH 3D PRINTERS
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.
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.”
LIST OF FABLABS AROUND THE WORLD!
PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE TO VISIT THE FAB FOUNDATION’S BEAUTIFUL MAP AND FIND A FABLAB NEAR YOU!
LIST OF MAKERSPACES AROUND THE WORLD!
PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE AND SCROLL DOWN THEIR PAGE!
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: Enablingthefuture.org is not part of the matching system of volunteers and recipients. Enablingthefuture.org 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!
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?