While starting the 3D Printing society, it was inevitable that we had to work on an interesting project to show how this technology can be easy to use and have a big impact on the community and people in need.
That's why even before receiving our first society machine, one of the first charity projects we worked on was to 3D print a fully working prosthetic hand that can be given for free to people in need.
Choosing the right Design
After researching the different models in the internet. It was inevitable that "E-Nable" open-source design was the best choice for what we were intending to do. And the reason for it was that, not only was the design tested by thousands of other people, it was also the fact that there was a big community behind it.
After choosing the convenient design and since at that moment we didn't have a 3D printer yet, we used our University of Huddersfield 3D printing facilities Queensgate studio. With the assistance of Chris Charlesworth, we were able to get access to the Stratasys FDM360.
Following online tutorials on the assembly, we managed to finish the prosthetic hand that was worked perfectly.
Now after managing to get our first model to be 3D printed and fully working, we are planning to use our own 3D printer Zortrax M200 to make several other ones to be handed for free to people in need.
Get in touch:
if you know anyone (individual or organisation) who might be interested in free prosthetic hands, please get in touch. Our aim is to get as many people as possible to be involved, raise awareness about upper limb differences and have a positive impact on the daily life of people in need.