NEED A HAND


Need a Hand?

If you or someone you know is in need of a device and would like an e-NABLE volunteer to 3D print a device for you, start by filling out an intake form and ensuring you’ve completed the following steps:

  1. Hit the SUBMIT button after filling out the form. Your form will not go through unless this step is completed!
  2. Check to make sure that our responses from our Matcher team have not ended up in you SPAM folder.
  3. Open the welcome email and submit the images and information needed.
  4. Keep in mind that our current devices require at least 30 degrees of wrist motion or elbow motion to work. If you or your child does not have a functional wrist or elbow, current e-NABLE designs will not work for you.
  5. Read the safety guidelines and understand that these devices are still in the Beta testing stage, are experimental, and 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).
  6. Are working with your physician, pediatrician, occupational therapist, or prosthetist to help ensure a proper fit once the device is created.
  7. Read the information packet that will be sent to you upon completing your form!

 


 

Waiting for A Hand

We know some of our devices have had a very long wait time, but that is due to the complexity of the design.  Our goal is to help each family as quickly as possible but sometimes that is still much slower than we hoped.

 
In the past year we have gone from 92 recipients in our system to almost 2000. Unfortunately, the number of people behind the scenes has not increased at the same rate.  The matching process is one that is very manual and very time consuming, so few volunteers are able to commit. Our average volunteer donates 20 hours a week to work on matching, with some volunteers reaching over 60 hours a week.  We are currently working to improve our process so it is more self-serve and we believe that it will be more efficient, which will mean shorter wait times.

To see an inventory of the devices we offer, please see our Upper Limb Prosthetics section.

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.