The following is an amazing story from a group we learned about recently, Enabling The Future, which is a network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the World a “Helping Hand.”
We here at Traxx Mobility Systems got in to the patient lift business because we believed we could build a better lift at an affordable price. Something that can positively affect people in need on a daily basis. I think we share that passion with these people.
“About 3 years ago – a prop maker in the USA made a steam punk costume hand and put a video of it online. A carpenter in South Africa who had cut off 4 of his fingers, saw the video and contacted him to ask if he might consider helping to make real fingers for real people.
Together the two men worked for a year in their garages – from 10,000 miles away from one another. They shared ideas back and forth across the internet and came up with a prototype for a 3d printed prosthetic hand.
It was far from perfect and needed improvements. The men released the design out into the world as an open source design, public domain – so that anyone, anywhere in the world could download it and take the files and improve the design – so that someday – the design would be able to help hundreds and thousands of people.
Today – this is how far it has come in just a year and a half since it was uploaded to the internet for the world to “Tinker” with.
The design that inspired the creation of E-Nable – an online community of over 1200 people around the world who continue to redesign and reshare and create.
Never in a million years did the prop maker think that his “crazy steampunk metal mechanical hand contraption” – would end up changing the lives of many.
Never underestimate the power of your imagination.