A boy named Kieran, who was born without fingers on his right hand due to amniotic band syndrome, was able to rub his hands together for the first time thanks to the work of the non-profit e-Nable who provided him with a 3D-printed hand for free. Called the Raptor Reloaded, the hand was custom-designed for Kieran and using sensors, it allows him to do things with his new digits like fist-bump, catch and throw a ball or just rub his hands together.
e-Nable is a collective of generous people worldwide whose sole mission is to create hands for children in need. The printed hands and the hand patterns are always free. Donations can be made to this amazing organization through their site.
What originally started out as a couple of guys who created something to help one child in need…has grown into a world wide movement of tinkerers, engineers, 3D print enthusiasts, occupational therapists, university professors, designers, parents, families, artists, students, teachers and people who just want to make a difference.
They are coming together to create, innovate, re-design and give a “Helping hand” to those that need it – whether it is helping to print parts for them, creating a completed device for them or simply helping to guide them as they build one themselves.