GET INVOLVED

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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!

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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!

 

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CREATE A TEST HAND AND GET VALIDATED AS A MAKER AND e-NABLE VOLUNTEER:

 


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 ChapterBadge!

• 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!

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

PLEASE NOTE:

• 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 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.

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:

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

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Resources

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

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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!

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CONTACT E-NABLE CHAPTER GROUPS TO BE MATCHED WITH A VOLUNTEER, OR SCHOOL GROUP!

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.

 

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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.

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!

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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.

• 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!

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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!

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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!

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LIST OF MAKERSPACES AROUND THE WORLD!

PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE AND SCROLL DOWN THEIR PAGE!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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?

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158 thoughts on “GET INVOLVED

  1. I am a recent BKA amputee from a freak tragic crush injury while at work. I enjoy speaking on a motivational level and volunteering to help those not as fortunate as I am. Please contact me with additional info on volunteering. Thank you, Rob

  2. As an occupational and hand therapist, I am amazed at your success! I invented a technique for one-handers to put their hair in a ponytail using elastic and a button. It is simple but requires practice.
    If you can use this in any way and share it, please do. I hope many people will have improved autonomy. Visit
    one-handedponytail.com and Facebook page for more information.

  3. Hi Guys, just saw a news report here in Canada mentioning you, thank you for what you are doing! We’ll be happy to help with providing some 3D printing materials if needed. Thanks you.

  4. I am interested in any information about high schools that have joined e-nable to create prosthetics as part of their curriculum. I am pursuing an independent study in my high school about 3-D printed prosthetics, and intend to build and donate my creation through e-nable. But I was thinking that this would be a terrific project for schools to rally around, particularly those with 3-D Printer equipment. (Obviously many of these printers are idle during the summer vacation.) I would appreciate any information you may have or can lead me to. Thanks.

    • Hello Patrick! Thank you for reaching out!

      We have had a few high school students get involved and make hands! The best place to find them is in our Google+ community and that is also where you can get ahold of our Matcher team so they can help find you a child in need of a hand near you if you do not have someone in mind already!

      The google+ group is here:
      https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102497715636887179986

      Please let us know how this goes! We are starting to try to gather information on schools that are interested and getting some curriculum put together!

  5. I’d like to participate as a builder and therefor I’ve tried the link to the upper-limb-prosthetics-page under the paragraph Build a Hand, but the page can not be found. Clicking on the link gives an error page as result.

  6. Please forgive me if this is something that is already under consideration or is much more problematic than I’m imagining.

    I noticed that the current designs keep the mechanical thumb in a fixed position. This only allows for one type of grip.

    It seems like some of the kids don’t have a complete thumb, but they do have the lower part that is within the palm. I’m wondering of this could give a second range of motion to go along with the wrist motion that activates squeezing.

    Could a lever be put against the inside of the palm that allows them to move the mechanical thumb’s position? I’m picturing a system where the regular flat palm position causes the thumb-tip and the fingertip to meet (good for picking up small objects) while the squeezed palm position moves the mechanical thumb into place to wrap around the other fingers, like when you grip the bar of a dumbbell.

  7. Hello,

    I am a mechanical engineer based in Pakistan, running a research lab focused on developing products directed towards poverty alleviation. With my design skills (SolidWorks, Rhino, Inventor) I can help you guys out with the design, as well as start printing and distributing these hands to people who need them in Pakistan. Subsequently, we could look at starting training programs for people using these hands at a later stage. We can collaborate with donor organizations to shortlist/select people who can use them.
    This is an absolutely wonderful initiative!

    Talha

  8. Hi there!

    I am an occupational therapy assistant in the Baltimore, MD area and just wanted to offer up any help I can give! I attended the conference on Sunday and was SOOOOO inspired and excited about what is going on with E-Nable, I even made the Raptor!!! I also wanted to mention that I have one of Sara Uhrigs one-handed ponytail kits that I’d be glad to offer up to anyone who might be interested! Feel free to contact me, I provided my name & contact information via the conference survey!

  9. I was just curious,i finished the intake form and sent the required picture with scale. I however have not recieved any kind of confirmation of any sort. I was also looking into volunteering to build the devices for other children. Please any information would be good.

    • Juan – did you check your spam folder? Sometimes the response from enable matcher ends up there. Let me know if you haven’t heard back!

  10. I just came across your web and think it is a fantastic thing to be going for our fellow people, especially the children. I have 3 printers that have print size of 10 x 10 x 9 tall and at present time they need something to do. I would love to do this. Just let me know. Thanks Bruce Newell

  11. Hello, we are high school students who just got our first 3D printer and would like to use it to build a Raptor hand for someone in need in our community! We have sent a couple of emails and have not yet received a response. Please let us know if there’s any way we can participate.

  12. Hi, all!

    I’m a third-year robotics student at the University of Sheffield, and for one of my subjects this year (Biomechatronics), I would like to investigate motorized control of the mechanical arm using IMU’s and similar technologies. I am quite short on time, though, as I am expected to submit a report and provide data for these experiments before Christmas. I’d like to help out with programming and control and ideally would like to expand on the current range of motion of the individual fingers. Oh and I’ve also filled out all the relevant forms for volunteering help, as I believe this is a great way for me to spend any spare time I have during my studies. Thanks in advance to anyone willing to help me out!

  13. I made a comment earlier (at about 16:35 on 11/11/2014). Can’t seem to find it.

    I am a third-year robotics student at the University of Sheffield. I would like to specialize in biomechatronic prosthetics in the future, and I feel that working on automating a mainly mechanical prosthetic system such as this one could give me key skills that I need for work in that field. I’m also interested in experimenting with a design that offers more degrees of freedom to the actual hand, and would like to do this as part of an assignment for a biomechatronics module I am doing this semester. I will contact my home department to see if they would let me use the 3D printers we have, else I might need someone’s help printing one out. I’ve also filled out the relevant application forms for volunteering help, as this is something I want to permanently engage in, for the benefit of people who need affordable prosthetics. Thank you all. Really excited for this!!!

  14. What a great site–it is exciting to see so many people interested in prosthetics! But….make sure you are not breaking laws: Did you know that 16 states require licensure to practice prosthetics? Did you know that the FDA requires their approval of certain orthoses and prostheses? Did you know that most manufacturers of orthotic and prosthetic componenets are ISO certified and their products meet ISO standards?

    I would encourage you to contact a local prosthetist to consult on your projects. I am a certified orthotist/prosthetist and recently had the opportunity to meet with the founder of a local maker-space. I have offered my services to any local groups that are interested in printing hands. Upper extremity prosthetics is a very specialized field–you have to be careful not to do any harm. Having someone experienced in successful fitting as a consultant could be very advantageous.

    Good luck!

    • Thanks Troy, great to have you on board! These are experimental devices, and all of our recipients are so-advised. They sign a disclaimer, and we urge them to consult with a prosthetist or physicians. http://enablingthefuture.org/build-a-hand/safety-guidelines/

      We have a few other prosthetist in the community helping us up our game. We’d welcome your support. We would love to get some questions answered that we can not seem to find online or within our current community. If you would be interested in helping us get more solid information – please email me at info@enablingthefuture.org (my name is Jen.) Thank you!

  15. Hello, I’m an orthopaedic surgeon working in rural Kenya. Would love to find out how practical this would be in my setting. We are in the process of setting up an orthotics/prosthetics workshop, and am interested in incorporating digital printing if it would be cost effective in the long run.

    Is anyone doing lower extremity printed prosthetics? Who should I talk to about that?

    Mike Mara
    kijabeorthopaedics@gmail.com

  16. Im a BKA resulting in a work injury in 2013. If I can be of any assictance with my own personal experience i would love too. I was walking 24/7 ion prosethic less then 10 weeks from amputation. My surgery was done with a bridge, from participating in a DoD research

  17. Hi, I’m a student at CU Boulder Colorado and I have a little bit knowledge about solidworks and I also know Malay/Indonesian language. Is there any way for me to help this group/ project? because I really into 3D modelling and printing. Thanks

  18. Hi
    I’m new here. I’ve filled out the new member form and have asked to join the Google+ community. I tried to submit my location on the map but it wont accept it. It says to make sure the map isn’t locked or I’ve logged in or entered the key(password) which I don’t know if I need one.

  19. Is it possible to create a prosthetic limb for a dog? If so, we are thinking of finding a dog in need and printing a limb in school. Can we be matched up with a dog?

    • Hello!

      We actually just got a request for a foot for a dog! Can you please email me at info@enablingthefuture.org and I can forward your email to the fellow looking for help making a foot for a puppy born with a club foot? 🙂

  20. Hi just wanted to leave a note for Jen and the dog helper about their dog prosthetic project. If you haven’t seen it there’s a great video of a project here http://youtu.be/uRmoowIN8aY Love what E-nable is doing, looking forward to joining the volunteers here.

  21. Hello,
    I am a high school student, and this year, I have to complete a year long project. I have taken a CAD course at school, so I am pretty familiar with designing using Sketchup. I wanted to create a hand for someone, like you have been doing. I have done many sketches and planning, and after looking at some of your hands, I think mine will be pretty similar to your Talon hand. I was wondering if I could some how join your team and make a hand for someone in my area. I love what you are doing for people, and I would love to help!

  22. Hello Jen,

    Can you please email me the link for the match page? I can’t find it.
    I also would like to ask you how can I get matched to recipients in South America?
    Cheers! Juan

  23. Hello, I am a news anchor in Phoenix, AZ at KPNX-TV. Extremely interested in your mission, as I have an adopted son from China who was born without a right forearm or hand. He only uses a prosthetic to play the violin right now… but dreams of playing the piano with two hands someday! He is an amazing 12 year old soccer player who doesn’t let anything stop him! Lin Sue Cooney

    • Hello Lin Sue!

      Our volunteers would be happy to get him on our wait list and see about making him a hand! Not sure it will play the piano but it helps with other things like holding a cup and eating a sandwich at the same time! 🙂

      Please feel free to fill out our intake form: http://goo.gl/lW1uX6

      One of our volunteers will be in touch in a couple days!

  24. Hello- I would like to help & possibly volunteer a 3D printer and/or design & build work. Your intake forms don’t seem to be working. Please let me know a good email address to send you details. Thanks.

  25. Under the “Help us Organize”, you say to contact Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), Organizational Support Team (OST), Match-Making Team, or the Resource Export Team (ReX Team), but I don’t see a way to contact them. Thanks

  26. I am a congenital below elbow amputee and work in film and television as a cinematographer and editor. My passion is for promoting disability advocacy through the arts. I would like to get involved by helping to create media for the website and outreach campaigns. I would also be interested in hooking up with a maker who would like to work on developing an arm to use for film making. I am also an ABC Certified Prosthetic Technician and can contribute to the design and fabrication process. I look forward to hearing from you guys. Glad to have found this amazing community and I want to support it with my efforts.

    • Thank you Dale!!
      We would love to have you join us in the Google+ community where we do all of our design talk and collaboration! Please join us and introduce yourself! We have a lot of opportunities to help and our goal for 2015 is to produce more “how to” video tutorials and your skills would be greatly appreciated and put to good use!! Thank you!!

      Here is the link: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102497715636887179986

  27. Hello I’m Logan Harvill, a student at Manvel High school. I’m taking a class in which groups of 4 or 5 come together to research a topic. This research involves multiple lenses and point of views to come to a common solution, or find a solution that is already present. I was wondering if I could contact “Enabling the future” on their relation with patients who need a prosthetic and the intent of the organization.

  28. I am a special education teacher at a public charter school for students with multiple disabilities in Washington DC. I just stumbled upon this website and fell in love with your mission. If there is any way I could receive additional information about how to get involved and bring this wonderful cause to the attention of my students and staff, please let me know! I would love to set up a volunteer day to assist in developing and creating! Thanks!

  29. I joined several months ago. I have been following all the emails I receive. I was wondering if there will be in makers conferences such as there have been in Baltimore in Texas in the future?

    • Hello Vicki! We never really know when we will get called to go run and present to an event or speaking engagement – but are hoping to start plans for putting together mini conferences in various cities this coming year!

  30. We are the largest NGO for under-privileged children in China. Every day there are 6,000 children in our programs that aim to provide family-like loving care to help them develop to their fullest potential. Many of these children were born with missing fingers and your 3-D printed prosthetic hands can literally help hundreds of them across China! Can someone contact me at cindy@chbaf.org to explore this opportunity? Thank you! — Cindy Lin, CEO Chunhui Children’s Foundation, a sister organization of Half the Sky Foundation

  31. Hi, Thank you for your wonderful, wonderful work!! A friend of mine, who is living in a refugee camp in Gambella, Ethiopia, has a prosthetic leg (BKA) with a broken foot. I am trying to find help for him – either repair of the foot or, ideally, a new leg. A 3D Printer prosthetic seems pretty perfect to me. Because of the logistics, I don’t, presently, know how this can be achieved, though a group has set up a 3D-printing prosthetic lab and training facility in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan for prosthetic arms. I don’t know if you have tackled legs yet and wonder if you can help my friend. Thank You! nell

  32. I do not have a printer now ,but would I to help some how.I am a retired master plumber in texas can work alone or in a group putting this product together.I am in the FT. Worth, Texas .
    thanks
    Huff

    • If you are in need of a device there or want to sign up to help – please visit our “Get Involved page” and it has all the links you need to get started!

      There is a link to the intake form for both recipients and volunteers, a link to our forums for asking questions and also the Google+ group!
      http://enablingthefuture.org/get-involved/

  33. I am currently 28 weeks pregnant with a baby boy affected by amniotic band syndrome. From what we can see on the ultrasound, it appears that my son only has a thumb and maybe one other full finger…is it possible to have a device made to make up for the missing fingers? At what age is a child able to use on of these hands? Thank you!

    • Hello Danielle!

      Congratulations on your sweet one. 🙂

      We recommend that children be at least 2.5-3 years old due to small pieces and choking hazards and the fact that they are still learning not to whack each other with their natural born hands – let alone having a hard plastic thing strapped to the end of it! 🙂

      Until your lil one is old enough – please visit some of the awesome parent support groups we have found – Lucky Fin, Born Just Right and more.
      Here is a link to our resources page: http://enablingthefuture.org/resources/support-for-upper-limb-differences/

    • If you want to sign up to help – please visit our “Get Involved page” and it has all the links you need to get started!

      There is a link to the intake form for both recipients and volunteers, a link to our forums for asking questions and also the Google+ group!
      http://enablingthefuture.org/get-involved/

  34. Hello!

    I love everything what I have read about this company for the past few hours. Incredibly innovative and inspirational. I am i passionate about this particular subject hence why I am studying Biomechanical engineering at NU currently. I would love to be matched with someone in need to assist in designing and execution of printing him/her a helpful hand! I have signed up so I will be patiently waiting a response on how the next steps should run.

    This is great and I hope I can help!

    Thanks,

    Jacque

    • Hello Jacque! please visit our “Get Involved page” and it has all the links you need to get started!

      There is a link to the intake form for both recipients and volunteers, a link to our forums for asking questions and also the Google+ group!
      http://enablingthefuture.org/get-involved/

  35. I joined a few days ago but have received a response or conformation. I also followed the invitation to join google+ but could not find a “ask to join” button It said I need an invitation? If you have changed your procedure you may want to update your directions. I have made and modified RoboHands and would like to help make and develop e-NABLE products.
    Please advise!

    Rod

    • Hi Rod – did you manage to get into the group? You need to have a Google+ account before it will let you in. 🙂

  36. i just come from a Mac Donald in Manchester (UK) and spoke to a worker there who was born without a complete hand. She seems to be in her late 20s. Could I order a hand for her and get it shipped to the UK ?

    • Hi Franck!

      We aren’t a company and don’t sell these devices. The recipient will need to contact us directly to be matched to a volunteer that will need her exact measurements and photos of her hands and her information. Please have her fill out the intake form here:

      http://enablingthefuture.org/get-involved/

    • We dont sell these hands – we give them away for free to those who need them.
      The files however are online on our website if you want to print one out and assemble it and use it just for the fun of it or even a costume or something. 🙂

  37. Hi , I`m from Portugal , don`t understand anything about 3D Printing , but can afford one to start helping. Or give another kind of help if nedeed.

  38. Howdy from r-Labs in San Jose California. We are a group of public school families that have built out extensive CAD and 3D Printing capability over the last 6 years.

    We are currently running Cube II and III printers, a Fabster, A 3D touch, a Rapman 3.1 and a Printrbot Jr. to support the classes at Discovery Middle School and Prospect High School.

    Our friends over at 3D Systems recommended we take a look here and since we have already worked with printing prosthetic hands, this seemed a natural fit.

    • Hello friends!

      We would love to add you to our growing e-NABLE family of volunteers!

      Please fill out our intake form and then we can get started on getting someone matched with you!! 😀

      http://goo.gl/lW1uX6

  39. Hi, I have become very interested in your work and I wondered if the processes have been used for below knee amputees, (being one myself) I have become very frustrated with the NHS of late in regard to the devices offered. love what you are doing. (POI)

    • Hi John! Thank you for your support!

      We do not currently have a design for lower limbs – but there are a few groups within e-NABLE who are starting to toy with the idea. 🙂 It may be a few months but if we come up with something – we will certainly share it!

  40. Hello, I am writing from Genoa, Italy, I printed two times a raptor and once a cyborgbeast, for a 7 year old girl. But the hand of the little girl (Anna) has not enough leverage to use the hand. In fact, she can not apply the force necessary to close the fingers. I thought it might be possible to modify the design in order to shorten the palm of raptor to reduce levers. It might work?

    • Hello Giovanni – please visit our Google+ page – we have a new design called the “Raptor wing” that may work for her. It is brand new and not really tested yet – so it may fail – but its worth a shot!

  41. Hey guys amazing work your doing would love to volunteer to get hands printing oit here in Australia but sadly I dont have a 3d printer handy but if I ever get my hands on one ill be back to volunteer for sure keep up the good work
    Mark

  42. Hello,

    Mark here from Washington State. I am a machinist by day and manufacture hundreds of parts a day. It would be great if I could help. I have signed up to be a “fabricator”.

    From what I have seen so far of all of the designed hands are that they are all “3-D printed”.

    I do not have a 3-D printer. But I have access to machining tools. Does anyone have any designs out there that use modern machining methods with a Mill, Lathe or CNC ?

    I hope you could point me in the right direction. Or steer me towards others like myself to help
    out.

    Thanks.

    Mark B.

    • Please visit our “Get Involved” page for more info! There are some links in there for our Google+ group and forums! 😀

      Thank you!!

  43. Very innovative and indeed a caring idea for the ppl with limb loss. Currently i am a communication engineering student from Pakistan and my research area includes wireless sensor networks and computational neuroscience, it would be great if i can be of any help to this cause . . .

    • Thank you! We would love to have you help and participate!

      Please visit our “Get Involved” page for more info!

  44. i love the idea of this amazing project. i am in the process of printing the raptor hand as an experiment for my friend and i cant wait to become a member and help out with printing.

  45. ciao I’m Greta from Italy …only 4 months old. I was born without a left hand and I’m happy to see the great job you are doing!!! waiting to be a bit older to get a wonderful pink hand … ciao a tutti!

    • We can’t wait to make you one!! You go about being awesome – just the way you were made and remember that you can do anything you set your mind to!

  46. I only just now found out about you guys, and you’ve absolutely blown my mind.
    Bionic arms and whatnot fascinated me as a kid, both as a concept of sci-fi enhancement of our abilities, and as a way to replace what we thought was lost for good.
    I’m curious as to what the minimum age is to try and assist with the building of hands.
    I grew up with a kid – though he’s around 16-17 now – who had no right arm from the elbow down. If there was some way I could build one of these hands for him I can’t begin to imagine how he’d react. If you could direct me to the minimum age and requirements to build these please do, because I would love to learn to change lives for the better.
    Thank you very much, and don’t ever stop what you’re doing.

    • Thank you!!

      We recommend children be at least 3-5 before they get hands made due to small parts that are choking hazards.

      Please visit our “Get involved” page and fill out our intake form and we can get started finding someone that might be able to help! http://enablingthefuture.org/get-involved/

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