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This past Friday, Oct. 25, Adafruit Industries hosted the final session of their Make The World: Prosthetics Program series of Google+ hangouts on crowdsourcing prosthetics. Matt Stultz of 3D Printing Providence put together a Make The World: Prosthetics Build Party at AS220 Labs to assemble as many local printers as possible to 3D print prosthetic hands for those in need.

3DPP Build Party

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There was a tremendous response from the local maker community and all available tables were filled with printers. Many of the printers in attendance were built by 3DPP members during their “CastMax” (Mendel Max build using cast, not printed parts) build workshop. Nineteen 3D printers were transported by individual makers to the lab where they printed Michael Curry’s freshly updated version of the MakerBot Snap-Together Robohand, based on the Robohand project.

Snap-Together Robohand V1 in Action

Matt Stultz demonstrates the Robohand.

3D Printers Cranking Out Robohands in Providence, RI

We were lucky enough to have 19 printers at the event, here is a sampling of a few of them replicating prosthetic Robohands, destined for Africa.

Have you been involved in the Make The World: Prosthetics Program?  We want to hear from you!

Anna Kaziunas France

Digital Fabrication Editor of Maker Media.

She runs the digital fabrication hardware testing for Make:. If you’re a vendor who would like to submit a tool for review (3D printer, CNC, laser cutter, fab software etc.), contact her directly at: anna [@] makermedia [dot] com.

She’s the section editor for Make: Skill Builder. Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. But — In order to really tweak and bend something, you need to understand it! If you’d like to write a tightly focused piece on a core maker skill in science / engineering / craft / art / architecture / robotics / fabrication etc. (whatever) that you’d like to teach to other makers — and have Make: work with you to illustrate for magazine publication — let her know!

She’s very interested in your ideas for practical digital fabrication focused books — anything that turns codes into things — hardware and software.

She’s also the Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot, compiled the Make: 3D Printing book and ran the 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout Weekend testing events.

She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open source — preferably all three.

Find her on her personal site, Twitter, , and Facebook.


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