As I’ve written many times before, the 3D printing movement is amazing. The community of engineers, volunteers and visionaries are making really amazing things happen. I’ve watched the evolution of the e-NABLE group as it has raised awareness for open source prosthetic hand designs that anyone can build with specs and a 3D printer.
So far, kids and adults across the country and beyond have benefited from the e-NABLE community. The group is matching 3D printer owners with families in need of a printed hand. They have taken that effort a step forward this week… And have developed an inexpensive option for below elbow amputees. A $50 arm. For real! (And you know what’s next? e-NABLE designs for kids with above elbow differences like Jordan.)
The new e-NABLE arm is called the “Derek Arm” in honor of a 6-year-0ld boy they’ve fitted. You know you want to watch this video of him using his helper arm:
It’s also neat to read how long-time Born Just Right reader, Nathan, is taking part in e-NABLE’s below elbow efforts. You can read the full story about the group’s new developments on their blog.
I plan to watch the e-NABLE group closely and I hope to share more details about the group here on Born Just Right soon.