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 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!
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LIST OF MAKERSPACES AROUND THE WORLD!
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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!
• Check our community events calendar to see where we might have some volunteers giving presentations or holding booths! We would love to connect with you!
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!
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!
Some suggestions for you!
• Locate an established e-NABLE Community Chapter group near you and connect with them to reach out into your local communities!
• 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!
• 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!
• 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.
Other ways to volunteer:
• Join the Google+ community and collaborate on designs!
• Participate in our CREATE T.I.M.E. Challenges!
• Volunteer to translate pages and tutorials into other languages!
• Organize a hand-a-thon in your city or town to teach others how to make 3D printed hands!
• Create video tutorials or written instructions!
• Contact us and let us know what you can help with! We are always eager to get more volunteers!
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:
• Please visit handchallenge.com for more information!
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?