Introduce yourself!

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Introduce yourself!

Postby aaverill » Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:52 am

So I know that this community is already pretty cohesive, but with more people like myself joining this may be a good way to get to know everyone!
I am a University student studying Computer Science, I have access to my own 3D Printer, as well as 2 more printers at work, I am hopefully going to get a test hand built shortly!

I am located in Texas, and am looking forward to getting more involved!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby laird » Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:15 pm

Hi, I am Laird Popkin. I am in software engineering, a Maker, like designing and 3D printing things, and coordinate the Hand-o-matic system.
- Laird Popkin

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby billsistler » Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:48 am

I am Bill Sistler. I teach a bit of science at the middle school level. Did a little begging to the social media and anyone who would listen and raised enough money to purchase a printer. Have downloaded and printed multiple generic hands that an after school group assemble (almost completed) to ship to Melina near Atlanta, unless I can find a way to meet up with her at a maker fair type gathering. If that occurs, I will bring my song and dance to the maker fair to get the word out concerning e-NABLE.
Bill Sistler
Sebastian River Middle School
Sebastian, Florida

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby UncleAdrian » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:50 am

Hello, I'm Adrian. I'm a Merchant Marine located in Texas. I'm in marine diesel engineering, so I'm not the fancy math sort of engineer but I'm the sort that can fix most anything that breaks. Tinkerer and Maker in my suburban garage work shop in my off time. Managed to talk my lovely wife into a 3D printer last Christmas and now that I'm getting the hang of it I'm looking forward to doing something useful with it. I'm looking forward to working with you all and getting involved in this amazing thing you've all created.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby PeterBinkley » Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:50 pm

I'm Peter Binkley, and I design and make stuff (mostly wrist-powered devices) for e-Nable. My handle most places is profbink, but there's another profbink out there, so beware!
My preferred design software is Blender, and I print on an Ultimaker 2 and a Flashforge Creator Pro. Both are excellent machines.
I live in Blacksburg Virginia USA, home of Virginia Tech.

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Re: looking for a hand or 3 !

Postby blanche » Mon May 18, 2015 8:52 pm

Hello all,
My name is Blanche and I am an assistant instructor at Touro college, NY. in the occupational therapy department and also a certified hand specialist (CHT). I am seeking to obtain printed hands that are NOT assembled so that my students can assemble them and learn from the experience prior to being matched up with a candidate. We have been awarded a grant for a 3D printer and hope to have everything in place by September for classes to commence again. However I would appreciate hand samples ( they don’t have to be perfect, maybe for some reason or another may not be good enough for a person to use) that would provide a learning experience for students. I anticipate competition for the use of our printer at my college and believe printing time will be limited which is why I am reaching out to others!
I will reimburse donators for material and shipping expenses that are incurred. Thank you all for your consideration of this request!
Blanche Leeman

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby Fire_Knight » Sun May 24, 2015 7:25 pm

Hello, Greetings from Michigan, USA. My Name is Richard VanderMey. I am a 3D Artist and an Instructor in 3D Animation and Game Design. My Background is in 3D Design as well as CAD/CAM Robotics. I was sponsored by Print-Rite with a new 3D Printer the CoLiDo X3045, and have been working on hands for about a month now. I also have done some design work with Limbitless Solutions and currently working on some special projects with them. I would like to get my hands on some of the really cool boxes I have seen for the packaging of the hands for recipients for me to deliver hands. If anyone has a idea where I can get one please feel free to message me or drop an emal.

Looking forward to the future,

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby Farfle » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:13 pm

Hello all! Just joined up, My name Is Jackson Edwards, and I am a Battery Applications Engineer for Farasis Energy Inc.

My skills mainly revolve around Mechanical engineering, but I also do a significant amount of high-power electrical engineering, as well as electromagnetics design for high power electric motor construction.

At Farasis I manage the Machine shop/assembly lab. We have a TIG welder, a Fadal TRM and a very customized Gigabot 3d printer that prints in PLA, ABS and the super durable Taulmann 910.

I am looking forward to printing up a few larger test hands and getting more involved!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby Biswas Lohani V K » Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:34 pm

Hi Everyone,
Its me Biswas, originally from Nepal and now living in Adelaide, Australia. I am a Biomedical Engineer in Nepal and i am doing Masters in engineering(Biomedical) in Flinders University, adelaide, South Australia.

When i was a biomedical engineering consultant in one of the disabled hospital and rehabilitation center in Nepal. I got the opportunity to shared my ideas and practical experience with orthopedic doctors in that hospital. at the same time one of the doctor shows his interest on 3D prosthesis hand and he offered me to work out for this. when i start collecting and reading information about the 3D prosthesis hand, it encourage me to go further. but because of lack of material and technical support i couldn't start in Nepal. but still i am so much interested to work to build a 3D prosthesis i need help, supports and suggestion from you all. i would really appreciate your feed back suggestion and instruction to make a 3D prosthesis hand.If anyone from Adelaide can help me to give some practical knowledge then that would be great. if its not possible please suggest me step by step instruction for this.\

for more information please feel free to contact me. my email id is or we can share all ideas through this forums.

hope for your positive response.

Thanking you,

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby Wrentalls » Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:47 pm

Hi I'm Peter
From England, UK.
My interest in the e-nable group and anything related to prosthetic arm/hands came about due to my own medical condition, I have a TBPI (traumatic brachial plexus injury).
This happened back in 1978 following a motorcycle accident and since then I have coped with life using mainly my other upper limb.
I'm a computer engineer here in UK and get involved with all sorts of projects for clients.
I heard about the Airy-arm on one of ELizabeth Jacksons postings on The BRain recovery forum and that really peeked my interest. Now i'm eager to find out how I can get one 3d printed so that I can assess whether it might make my daily life activities easier.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby ARKtest » Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:46 pm

Howdy y'all,
My name is Andrew. I'm a former Marine from Texas, currently an avid blacksmith and maker. I was brought to the Enable site through a friend on a 3D printing forum I am a senior member of. I specialize in anisotropic design and research to develop new methods to use 3D printers to overcome their limitations such as mold making and epoxy injection infill. I also run a 3D Hub, of which I am currently printing part 12 of a 60+ part order.

I offer my help to the Enable group in any way I can. I intend to print off some test prints of the currently used hand/assistant devices to see how well I can print them and what the material/time cost is before committing with an intake form.

I'd like to first suggest the use of a new CAD program called OnShape. Its collaboration capabilities are second to none. Its cloud based, browser software that the only requirement is an internet connection. I'd like to help anyone interested in learning about OnShape to transition smoothly.

Can anyone suggest a topic or project that might need or desire assistance.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby Linza » Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:44 am


I noticed there are already some Texans. Here's one more. I am in Houston.

My expertise is mainly in sensor technology and automation for industrial processes. I'm curious about prosthesis, but the specific project I had in mind was to build a practical forearm and hand for a local woman whose insurance won't cover a more professional one. :(

I look forward to learning from more experienced builders!

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby Bill Holden » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:38 pm

Hey, Folks. My name is Bill. By trade I am an IT Support Technician, but my hobbies include jewelry and craft work. I live in Chattanooga, TN. I do not currently own a 3D printer, but I am investigating public use options, including the local library and a Makerspace.

I have seen a couple people mention that they were able to secure grants to purchase materials to help e-NABLE. I was curious if these were applied for through other non-profits, or if they were applied for in the name of e-NABLE. I would be willing to try going this route if I knew the methodology used by others.

I also have an interest in helping those members of our armed forces that need the services provided by e-NABLE. Are we currently working directly with any veterans advocacy groups, or are there other people out there that would be interested in working with me towards this goal?

I can be reached on Facebook, or through my Gmail account: I am just getting started using my Google+ account again, and getting the hang of Hangouts. My presence there will be increasing as time goes on.

I look forward to working with you folks and helping some really deserving people.


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby GrandPaul » Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:11 pm


Another Texan here (south Texas).

My name is Paul Zuniga, and our 5-year-old son was born with Amniotic Banding Syndrome, resulting in a short palm and one finger/thumb. The digit is somewhat opposable with one knuckle joint that almost allows a pinch grasp although the palm lacks bone structure, so the pinch is very weak.

I am bidding on an Ultimaker 2 and hope to build him a Robohand that can take full advantage of his working digit.

I have been a mechanic for over 40 years with motorcycles, cars, boats and ultralight aircraft, I had a computer business and built PCs, and for the last 11 years I've been restoring classic motorcycles; within that time I have also done 10 years of mechanical engineering (AutoCAD) and for 20 years I owned and ran a heating & air conditioning business.

So, I believe I have what it will take to jump right in, starting with a basic thumbless Raptor and eventually program in some design mods (including a cam-based power multiplier) to build Alex the perfect hand for his needs.

Alex is a very large boy, size 8-10, 65#, at only 5 years old, and VERY active. So, I will be looking at options for heavy-duty anchorage to his elbow or maybe even shoulder, to give him stability in assisting with suspending his own weight (ultimate goal). He can ALMOST pull himself up on a trapeze now, I believe he'll be able to do it easily with a properly designed device.

I am excited about helping others here in south Texas, also! We have a guest apartment, so if/when the opportunity arises to host either programmer/designers to help with our project, or potential new users to build a hands for, we're happy to do so.

This is a great forum, I'm on a dozen or so classic motorcycle forums, so it feels like I'm at home. Thanx!
Paul Zuniga
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby bbegelman » Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:44 pm

I'm Bear Begelman. I teach a high school course called Design & Fabrication.
We do woodworking, some metal working, and jewelry.
We also have a CNC Router, Epilog 35w laser, and soon, a 3d Printer.

Part of my curriculum focuses on pertinent life skills for students being global citizens, and to be open to the world of possibility. Often this presents itself as the high end of service.This is all in alignment with my students working with e-Nable.

The idea of making these prosthetic hands for children thrills me to no end.
Very glad to be a part of this enterprise.


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby Junjun » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:24 pm

Hi, all,

I am Junjun Liu. I graduated from my MPA program last year and now I am working in a local CPA firm as staff accountant in Texas. It seems a lot of volunteers have background of design or science which I do not have. But I also want to help like you, and I do have flexible hands, my brain and a devoted heart. I have teaching background, I have accounting skills, I am fluent in both English and Chinese, I am good at hand work, and I am a quick learner. There must be something i can do. I would highly appreciate any guide or suggestions how to start or which group i can join. My email address is

Looking forward to be one member of E-NABLE family.


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby jtlandreneau » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:05 am

Hello everyone!

I'm excited to find this project! I had the privilege of using some very expensive printers in college, I recently purchased a couple Prusa clones to support some of my other hobbies. I have many years of CAD experience, and several years of casting experience.

Just wanted to put my name out there, I'd love to help the community out in any way that is needed


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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby Punto_Urbano » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:27 pm

Hi, My name is Carlos, im dirctor from Estudio Punto Urbano ( we are designer and maker, have 4 areas (Architecture, Graphic design, 3D Printing and maker space) we are from La Paz, B.C.S. México. the next mont we planing star the social part of the studio making some e-NABLE hand, so nice to meet all of you, and congrats for the great work, have a nice day.

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby Mhallett » Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:58 pm

Hello All.

New here so I would like to introduce myself. My name is Matt I am a father of 5 and have a son who will be graduating next year and hopefully going to RIT in the fall of 2018. I lost my leg below the knee in may of 2016 due to a accident at work. I know the struggles first hand of lysine a limb and the cost of prosthetics. This whole experience for me has opened my eyes to a whole new world and all the challenges that come from being a amputee. With that said after having to go through the money driven prosthetics system I have decided to go back to school for prosthetics. I want to open my own place in the future where the patient comes first and money second. With all that being said, my son found you guys while doing a research project for a 3d modeling class. I immediately fell in love with your cause and my brand new 3d printer will be here on the 29th and I will be ready to start making some hands. Any advice would be appreciated and welcomed.

I do have one immediate question though. I am ordering filament and not sure what material you recommend printing with for your hands. Not to worried about the cost just want what produces the best quality products.

Thank you...

Htet Ahkar
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby Htet Ahkar » Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:09 am

Hello everyone, my name is Htet Ahkar. I am a student from Myanmar. As a devoted Buddhist , I am very eager to help people , I would like to work a local community that creates free limbs for my fellow country-man. I haven't specialized in any field as I am 19 years old but I have a huge interest in Biology and I am confident of my learning potential. Please help me to make the plan come true so that people's life can be improved.

PS: Since I am very new with this 3D printing thing and the prosthetic arms , any help regarding these would be very helpful. This is my personal email

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Re: Introduce yourself!

Postby Jaydens_Nanny » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:31 pm

I'm from Cornwall in the UK. I'm Jayden's Nanny, well not just his but also 4 others!

My Grandson Jayden was born with a missing left hand, we knew this as it was picked up on one of his scans.

Jayden is my youngest daughter's first child, she was scared and nervous and excited, and we were all looking forward to meeting him when he was born.

We googled so many things trying to find out more about why his hand was missing... In doing so we came across The Lucky Fin Project on Facebook and we knew then that everything would work out just fine.. He would face challenges, of course he would, but mostly that he would be as normal as any other child.

His left arm stops a little way below his elbow, just up from where his wrist would of been. He has tiny nubs that look like fingers. He can move his 'wrist' and actually has quite good movement when he concentrates.

Jayden will be 5 in December and he has found his own ways to get around any obstacles that get in his way. We have figured out that you don't need two hands to get into trouble!
He can be shy and has started to hide his little hand away when he feels other kids he doesn't know ask too many questions.

Jayden has a socket that was made for him by a mobility centre, it screws onto a bike or scooter handle so he can slip his little arm into it, although he hardly ever uses it as he prefers to go without.

We are looking to get him a 3D hand printed and thought that we had found someone but have been badly let down. :-(
The person had even started to print it out, green like the Hulk. (Jayden is a massive superhero fan!)

I'm desperate to find somewhere else where I can get some help printing a hand for him.
I've been following e-Nable on Facebook for the last couple of years and have seen the difference a hand can make to a childs confidence.

Hopefully somebody will be able to help us..

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