Erin with her new hand and some Hackspace team members
In 2015, Norwich Hackspace was involved in an exhibition at Norwich Castle called Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing, in partnership with FACT in Liverpool and the Crafts Council of England
For the project we 3D printed prosthetic hands* for 4 children who don’t have fingers but do have a functioning wrist and who would benefit from a hand like the one above, using the open source design drawings and 3D files developed by the project e-Nable for use by people with 3D printers. We used two Ultimaker 2 printers to complete this project and we are very grateful to Create Education for the loan of a machine which doubled our capacity to produce hand parts. We are now hoping to help some more people with hand problems and increase our knowledge of 3D design.
Desktop Prosthetics was inspired by a global project, e-Nable which encourages volunteers to 3D print hands for people who need them see www.enablingthefuture.org
The four girls that we printed hands for ranged in age from 3-14 and they came to the Castle in Norwich for an measuring workshop first of all and a assembly and fitting workshop a few weeks later. You can read a full report here and see some photos here.
Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing is a touring exhibition jointly produced by Crafts Council, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Norfolk Museums Service at Norwich Castle, Norwich
Message from Erin
I thought I would email you to thank you and the rest of the team for all the time and effort that went into producing Erin's hand.
She hasn't taken the smile off her face since Saturday, and they've become inseparable. She kept it on walking around Norwich, then kept
it on all the way home, playing on her handheld computer, then holding her ipod. She's also taken it to school and used it in various
lessons. It's made such a difference. I think because she hasn't had anything for 13 years, it seems unbelievable to her. Medical prosthetics have always "freaked her out" (her words). One word for it - Priceless!
I mentioned on Saturday that she is part of the media team at her school and they do a blog. Attached is the link to the article she
wrote about her "New Hand".
Once again we would like to thank you all for her new hand, and can you please pass on our thanks to the rest of the team.
Here is a similar project running in USA
Could you benefit from a 3D printed hand? If so please contact us