Make the World: Prosthetics Build Party

3D Printing & Imaging
Make the World: Prosthetics Build Party


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

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.

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Anna Kaziunas France is interested practical digital fabrication focused project documentation (anything that turns codes into things), as well as adventures in synthetic biology, biohacking, personal genomics and programmable materials.

She's currently working on the forthcoming book "Design for CNC: Practical Joinery Techniques, Projects, and Tips for CNC-routed Furniture".

She’s also the Academic Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot and compiled the Make: 3D Printing book.

Formerly, she worked as an editor for Make: Books, was digital fabrication editor and skill builder section editor for Make: Magazine, and directed Make:'s 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout testing events.

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

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