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What is e-NABLE?
The e-NABLE Community is an amazing group of individuals from all over the world who are using their 3D printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assistive device. They are people who have put aside their political, religious, cultural and personal differences – to come together and collaborate on ways to help improve the open source 3D printable designs for hands and arms for those who were born missing fingers or who have lost them due to war, disease or natural disaster.
The e-NABLE Community is made up of teachers, students, engineers, scientists, medical professionals, tinkerers, designers, parents, children, scout troops, artists, philanthropists, dreamers, coders, makers and everyday people who just want to make a difference and help to “Give The World A Helping Hand.”
Currently, Novi Public Library is working with Frog Force Robotics Team 503, Novi High School chapter, to build prosthetic hands for young people. Becoming a chapter allows for continued support and success of the hand project.
In 2017-18 a goal to build 200 hands was set. The Frog Force team spent the year reaching out to the 4th graders in the Novi Elementary Schools to share their project and build the hands. Three projects were being coordinated in Novi: NCSD classroom assembly days, community assembly days and custom hand requests. Almost 200 hands were completed.
In 2018-19 the students spent the year on quality control – getting the hands ready for distribution and completing two custom hands for two local individuals in need. At the end of 2018-19 the group determined where the hands were to be distributed over the next six months: a hospital in India, local Hand Camps and the e-NABLE Foundation for demonstration purposes to start. The students plan to continue work that focuses on customized orders specific to those in need.
To learn more about this handtastic partnership the Novi Library, Novi Community School District and FRC 503, Frog Force are working on, watch this informational video and the launch of the program video. Current sponsors are Community Financial Credit Union, Dremel, Novi Rotary and a monetary donation in memory of Betty Rankin.