The e-NABLE community is constantly generating new tutorials, techniques, and workflows for designing and building low-cost 3D printed prosthetics.  Here are a collection of resources spanning design, 3D printing, fitting, and hardware sourcing.

We have a lot of wonderful information on our website to help guide you on your way to becoming involved with the ever growing e-NABLE Community 3D printed assistive device project!

Below you will find some helpful information for a variety of questions you may have.


• Visit Ultimaker’s Blog for information on the different types of 3D printer filament materials to choose from, tips for printing and so much more!

• Looking to purchase your first 3D printer? Visit our Recommended 3D printers page for suggestions and recommendations from our community and the printing tests done by 3D Hubs!

Visit the e-NABLE Hub! – has created an official e-NABLE Educational hub for articles on 3D printing as well as educational bundles for schools and libraries who may be interested in getting 3D printers into their schools!

• Check out the Tips For Successful Prints page!


VIDEO Tutorials –
Some of the e-NABLE volunteers and designers have put together video tutorials to help guide you in creating a 3D printed device, work in various 3D printing software programs and other helpful tips for taking photos, thermoforming and more!

Please visit our video tutorials page to see if there is anything in there that may assist you in your quest to create an assistive device!

If you have created a video tutorial that you feel may be helpful to others who are building e-NABLE Community devices, please feel free to email me and let me know so I can add it to our growing collection!!



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e-NABLE has developed the Handomatic web application to make it easier to create custom sized STL files for printing e-NABLE hands. Just select which component you wish to print, enter a couple of measurements, and generate your STL file!




Hardware Sources

product_kit_1024x1024e-NABLE hands require a little more than just 3D printed parts to assemble!  Here we’ve collected the community’s go-to sources for elastic lines, high-strength tendon cable, Chicago screws, orthoplastic, and more.







Taking Limb Castings


Residual limb castings can be very useful in the fitting process as plaster casts of the body are much easier to 3D scan than the actual limb.  Additionally, various thermoforming and fitting processes can be performed on the cast instead of the actual limb, which can make collaborating and fitting devices from a distance easier.





 Interesting articles related to 3D printing:

Computer Science & 3D Printing








8 thoughts on “Resources

  1. Please help my daughter Nellie Mae get a right hand.

    Thank You,

    Charlie Lapetina

  2. i recently volunteered as a fabricator and have not yet purchased a 3d printer. there are many, which has been proven to be the best. please give me an email of someone preferably that has used different 3d printers successfully that has time to answer my questions

  3. I need two hands for a five year old kid but dont know how to start please answer asap,

  4. I have a raptor arm that is missing quite a few snap pins. Any suggestions?

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