Need a Hand

Need a Hand?

Do you  a prosthetic device?  Know someone who does?  We’ll try to help!  The Enable Community Foundation can connect you with an e-NABLE volunteer who will  3D print a device for you.

Note:  e-NABLE devices are getting better all the time, but they still require at least 30 degrees of wrist motion or elbow motion to work. If the recipient does not have a functional wrist or elbow, current e-NABLE designs will not be functional.  

If you think an e-NABLE prosthetic might do the trick….

  1. Start  by filling out our intake form.
  2. We’ll send an information packet Read the information packet that will be sent to you after submission.
  3. Your form will go to our Matcher team, who will respond to your request via email. Check to make sure that the response from our Matcher team has not ended up in your SPAM folder.
  4. Open the welcome email and submit the images and information needed.

When the information and images have been received, the volunteer will print your prosthetic and it will be delivered to you!

General safety considerations: When you have received your device, be sure to read the safety guidelines. Our prosthetic devices are still in the Beta-testing stage and are experimental. They are not recommended for children under the age of 3 due to safety and choking hazards (there are very small pieces that could come loose and pose a choking hazard to young children).

Also, be sure you are working with your physician, pediatrician, occupational therapist, or prosthetist to help ensure a proper fit once you have received your device.

Waiting for A Hand

Our goal at the Enable Community Foundation is to help each family as quickly as possible. Some of our devices, however, can have longer wait times. This is usually due to the complexity of their designs, but demand can also be a factor.

In the past year we have gone from 92 recipients in our system to almost 2000. The Foundation is staffed by volunteers, who donate anywhere from 20 to more than 60 hours a week locating printers to accommodate each request for a prosthetic. Matching is the most time-consuming step in our process, and few volunteers are able to commit to it full time.

Because of this, we are currently exploring ways to make finding a printer more self-service. We believe this will be more efficient, and will mean shorter wait times.

Resources to Get You Started

While you wait, we’ve included a guide for measuring yourself for a device, a video tutorial, and a tutorial for creating a mold of your upper limb.