Print a Hand For a Child in Need
So you bought that cool 3D printer, made some gadgets and are wondering what to do next. How about printing a prosthetic hand for a child in need?
A professionally produced prosthetic can cost thousands of dollars, putting it out of reach for many who need them. The materials for a 3D printed prosthesis costs around $20 – $50. This is wearable technology at its best!
Jon Schull had a brilliant idea while watching a YouTube video. (How often does that happen??) He watched as a carpenter and a puppeteer collaborated to make a 3D printed hand for a boy in South Africa who was born without fingers on his right hand. Jon created a Google Map mashup and left a comment on the YouTube video telling people that if they had a 3D printer and wanted to help, to put themselves on the map. He did the same for people who needed a hand.
From this humble beginning E-Nable was born. In a little over a year, the group has grown to around 3,500 members. These people have printed and given away over 800 prosthetic hands and limbs to children in need. While most of these kids have been in the United State, they have plans to expand to other countries in the near future.
If you are interested in helping with this wonderful project, check out their website at http://enablingthefuture.org/ There are lots of ways to help.