3D Printing & Imaging Robotics
Crowdsourcing Prosthetics

Makers already have a great sense of community, sharing, and collaborating. Now Adafruit, Makerbot, the Robo Hand Project, and other organizations have partnered to create the Make The World: Prosthetics program. Other key partners include e-NABLE, Anthromod, Hands For Africa, The Lucky Fin Project, and The Open Hand Project.

This one month program will run on Google+. Its goal is to apply the crowdsource model to producing Robohand prosthetics and getting them to people who need them. Participants can help in three ways:

  1. Innovating: open-source design work for the prosthetics
  2. Creating: provide 3D printing resources
  3. Donating: make a financial contribution

The Makers, Hackers, Artists and Engineers Community page on Google+ will be host to the program. Look for the sub-section, “Make The World”. There participants can post questions, resources, and what they can provide to the effort.

The program will run four Google+ Hangout sessions with notable inventors and makers.

  • Oct. 4, 8pm ET – Introduction (60 min.)
  • Oct. 11, 8pm ET – Community Check-in (30 min.)
  • Oct. 18, 8pm ET – Community Check-in (30 min.)
  • Oct. 25, 8pm ET – Recap (60 min.)

This is an amazing opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. It’s a demonstration of the global village at its best.

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Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and author of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew is also an electronics and robotics enthusiast and has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Enrichment in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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