how can i get involved in making prosthetics?

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shanegarm
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how can i get involved in making prosthetics?

Postby shanegarm » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:45 am

I just read an article about people making and donating prosthetics to those in need. I would like to get involved in doing this but have no experience. Can anyone just buy a 3d printer and download the plans and begin making these without any previous knowledge 3d printing or prosthetics? How expensive are the materials? And how much demand is there currently from people who need these prosthetics but can't afford them? Thank you for any help in advance.

LydiaOST
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Re: how can i get involved in making prosthetics?

Postby LydiaOST » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:35 am

Did you find us through this link? http://enablingthefuture.org/get-involved/
--Lydia
eNABLE'S Organizational Support Team founder, Team Facilitation Team member, eNABLE Help Desk member, Google Plus teacher, and Junior Forum Admin.

NancyC
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Re: how can i get involved in making prosthetics?

Postby NancyC » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:53 am

Hi Shanegarm - and New Volunteers- Welcome!

It is an exciting place to be. We were all like you not so long ago.

This Forum here that you landed on is mainly for R&D discussions and is entirely open to the public. You are welcome to contribute to it.

The way to get started as a Volunteer is to first fill out our 'Matching System Intake Form', if you haven't done so already.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fIiFAT8KN1qLPu8V9cxNRUPdifSHnGz0scQh4jykYSw/viewform

You will then receive an email with further information on how to join our online community. Once inside, the best way to become familiar with the group is to start reading members' posts, and look at the types of hands (and arms) the group is working on. Then simply get involved in your unique way! You can start your involvement at any level, so don't be daunted.

If you want to actually print hands, we have a Matching system for matching up Volunteers and Recipients. The Matching team provides mentoring and information for Fabricators as well as support for both Fabricators and Recipients. First we have people print out a test hand to show proficiency and then the Matching Team will match you with a recipient in your area if there is one. :)

Q: How much does a prosthesis from e-NABLE cost?

A: e-NABLE does not charge for the prosthetic devices it provides. We are a volunteer community and offer these devices completely free of charge. The cost of materials of the Raptor Hand is approximately $35. However, that does not factor in the time involved in building one, which can include assembly, fitting, testing, and more. Since this can be done by a volunteer or the recipient and his family, this is difficult to put a dollar figure on.

Q: If someone wanted to become an e-NABLE volunteer, but did not own a 3D printer, what would one cost?

A: The price and quality of desktop 3D printers has improved considerably in recent years. Our volunteers routinely make hands on machines ranging from $500 to $3000.

Don't forget to check out our donations page. We rely on volunteers and donations! http://www.enablecommunityfoundation.org/donate/

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Nancy C - E-Nable Volunteer

Neeraj
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Re: how can i get involved in making prosthetics?

Postby Neeraj » Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:30 pm

It would be great if you can publish the list of volunteers* by region/location. I am looking to partner with someone before I dive in head first.
I would prefer to help out someone who already has experience. This would definitely give more comfort to new volunteers.
I am in Philadelphia, US and have been trying to find someone near by.

*Those who do not mind their name is shared.

LydiaOST
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Re: how can i get involved in making prosthetics?

Postby LydiaOST » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:53 pm

Hi Neeraj,

It sounds like you are looking for a mentor. The Matching team also matches new fabricators with experienced fabricators, so I would encourage you to fill out our New Member form (otherwise known as our Matching system Intake Form).
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fIiFAT ... w/viewform
We have a Matching system for matching up Volunteers and Recipients. The Matching team provides mentoring and info for Fabricators as well as support for both Fabricators and Recipients.
So, we have people print out a test hand to show proficiency and then the Matching Team will match you with a recipient in your area if there is one. :) Here's an example of someone who's part-way through this process:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/10146625527 ... XDFEXTTdwe "
Are you a member of our Google Plus Community yet? If so, there are plenty of posts in there about how to
And have you looked around on our website: enablingthefuture.org? There are FAQs and this page gives lots of info about our various designs:
http://enablingthefuture.org/upper-limb-prosthetics/

And check out our Handomatic web app as well. :) Webapp.e-nable.me
--Lydia
eNABLE'S Organizational Support Team founder, Team Facilitation Team member, eNABLE Help Desk member, Google Plus teacher, and Junior Forum Admin.


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