Enabling the Future, 3-D printed hands, prosthetic hands, Ivan Owen

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E-NABLE, a foundation using modern technology and innovation provide children and adults with inexpensive prosthetic hands for those in need of upper limb assistance. This community of individuals use their 3D printing technology, they create an online form sharing multiple blueprints of prosthetics so anyone with a 3D printer can create these appendages for someone in need.

E-NABLE was founded in 2013 by Jon Schull, a research scientist based at the Rochester Institute of Technology, when he started coordinating offers for aid and requests for 3D printed hands in the comments of a video about the Robohand. E-NABLE is a web-based community that doesn’t have a central location. The are not a company and we do not sell these devices.

According to their website http://enablingthefuture.org/, in 2011 Ivan Owen created a crazy metal functional puppet hand to wear to his wife and his first ever Steampunk Convention. After returning home he posted a short video of it on YouTube. That video led to an email from Richard, a carpenter from South Africa who lost his fingers in a woodworking accident. They collaborated to create a replacement finger for him that lasted nearly a year.

After Ivan researched prosthetic devices, he stumbled upon the story of Corporal Coles hand, created in the early 1800’s by an Australian dentist named Dr. Robert Norman. This hand, created 100 years earlier, inspired the design for every e-NABLE community 3D printed hand. Learn more about this global network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the world a “helping hand,” by visiting http://enablingthefuture.org/. You can also find out the ways you can get involved with this initiative, along with other resources for these hand devices.

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