Jun 11, 2015

3D Systems announced today that it has partnered with e-NABLE Community Foundation (ECF) to support e-NABLE community and provides them access to advanced 3D printing tools and know-how.

For those of you who don't know, e-NABLE is a wonderful collaboration of some thousands volunteers all over the world that design, print and customize 3D printed prosthetics for children and other needy people everywhere. They bring children and adults with missing limbs into contact with these 3D printing enthusiasts. Their creativity and talents are used to develop low-cost, very functional and original prosthetics for strangers in need.

"Our technology unlocks everyone's potential to transform great ideas into real outcomes," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. "By teaming up with the e-NABLE community, we are giving more people the means and the skills to improve lives."

3DS and ECF announced four key areas of collaboration as part of their partnership. Specifically,

  • 3DS will collaborate with ECF to design an all-new hand. This design will be free, publicly-shared, customizable for sizing and optimized for printing on the Cube, CubePro and EKOCYCLE Cube. The two companies will also publish a video tutorial on how to print and assemble the free hand file.
  • 3DS will provide technical advisory, aiding ECF with key industry and technical expertise on 3D technology, prosthetics design.
  • 3DS and ECF will identify four or more university-based labs to qualify them as e-NABLE partners. These will be equipped with 3DS' digital fabrication tools, including CubePro 3D printers, premium material cartridges, Sense 3D scanners, design software and the Touch 3D stylus.
  • 3DS and ECF will collaborate to develop learning materials for formal and informal educators.

"We are excited to welcome 3D Systems into partnership with ECF and look forward to leveraging their solutions and expertise to further our reach and impact," said Jon Schull, Enable Community Foundation President. "It's notable that 3DS has the vision to open-source their K1 hand so that all sorts of people can use it and learn from it."

The 3DS and ECF partnership will be celebrated at the upcoming Capitol Hill Maker Faire on June 11 and the National Maker Faire on June 12 and 13 at the University of the District of Columbia, where ECF will host workshops using 3DS' Cube 3D printers.

At both Maker Faire events, 3DS will showcase its new prosthetic hand designed by 3DS' industrial designer Evan Kuester. Kuester also designed the "Iron Man" prosthetic for the University of Central Florida that was presented to a young boy by Robert Downey.



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stephane blanchard wrote at 7/30/2018 12:00:55 PM:

Hello , could you send me the model a black and red hand in order to be replicated this hand for a french project ? Send me a message to stephane Blanchard : stephaneblanchard_fr@yahoo.fr . best regards .

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