It took a couple of months to get this done as I was working with a few other programmers in the evenings to create a website that allows for easy(er) prosthetic hand creation. With our new website, about a dozen simple hand measurements need to be typed into the page, and select some options, like what style hand, and you get the printable files, already sized correctly. It's magic! An awful lot of work was done by other people to get us to this state where we could put this site together.
This hand was the first hand created with this new site. When we tweak the site based one the lessons learned on this hand, it will be announced to the public soon.
My 4 year old LOVED helping put this prosthetic together. She is quite proud of herself for helping a stranger in this way, as she should be! she even gave her own toy hand to the little brother, so he would leave big sister's hand alone.
The family of the new hand owner, including grandparents showed up and my parent's place to help put the hand together. Over the course of 2 days, we assembled and fitted the hand.
I believe that part of the mission of http://enablingthefuture.org/ is to truly enable this little girl to overcome her handy-cap. By simply giving her an assembled prosthetic, she would be no better off than if her parents had purchased a commercial prosthetic (although the family would be a great deal poorer buying an expensive prosthesis). With the whole family taking part in assembling the hand, they truly own the prosthetic – if it breaks, they know how to fix it.
To take this mission to completion, we will be having a fund-raiser in a few months to raise money to purchase a 3d printer of her very own. She will then be able to create new hands that fit, as she grows up. She can also take her future into her own hands (pun intended) and design improvements and special purpose hands for herself which she can share back to the community if she so chooses (I can hope, but I will not dictate).
The spaghetti monster ate my printer. The black thing sticking out on the right side is supposed to be around the hot end.
Some sodas have phosphoric acid and some glass cleaners have ammonia. These are supposed to treat the nylon and allow it to take and hold onto the dye better.
My 4 year old helping dye the finger pieces. The dye is in the plastic bag. The bowl has hot water to warm up the dye bath. Checking on the color. It starts out really purple looking.
Leaching the excess dye out of the big parts which ended up printing more porous than the finger parts.
Every day something great. Thanks for sharing!
This is just plain amazing. Mike you have done a great thing here. wow
+Mike Creuzer – is it ok to share your wonderful words and some of your images on our website? I think it is very important that people learn how to make these for their children too and that is what we hope to start encouraging more parents to do.
I love that your lil one helped so much! This is such a wonderful lesson we are teaching our kids!
+Jen Owen Yes, I have more photos as well. I am thinking it needs to be re-written for the enable website a bit.
Thanks +Mike Creuzer – can you email that to me and photos you would like shared to the [email protected] site?
I would really love to get some focus on the teaching parents aspect of your post here. Ivan and I are having a family come from Oregon (its about 5 hours from us) this Sunday – the parts for the hand we are making their son will be just that – PARTS. They will then spend 3-5 hours or so with Ivan and I learning how to assemble it and then we will send them home with a hand THEY made and knowledge of how to assemble the next one.
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