3d printed assistive devices

University of North Georgia, Well-Versed in 3D Printing, Opens the State’s First MakerBot Innovation Center

As they say in the business, the show must go on. Not long after well-known desktop 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot announced its latest major executive-level change-up, the University of North Georgia (UNG)…

3D Printed Camera Rig Lets Disabled Photographer Continue to Create

There’s a lot more to taking a beautiful photograph than simply pushing a button on a nice camera. But, if you can’t push that button at all, it’s extremely difficult to…

Dexterity Problems? Lace Your Shoes with 3D Printed Magnetic Closures Thanks to the Ruiz Brothers

Noe and Pedro Ruiz, or as they’re collectively known at Adafruit, the Ruiz Brothers, never disappoint when putting together their weird, wonderful, and innovative 3D printing and electronics projects. Starting…

Father Works with 5-Year-Old Daughter to Develop 3D Printed Robotic Brace to Help Restore the Use of Her Arm

While 3D printing, robotics and other new technologies have enabled medical professionals to do incredible things for patients, they’ve also made it easier for patients and families to take matters…

3D Printed System Turns Prosthetic Hand into Mouse

While the first image this concept conjured up was of an individual with a rodent on the end of their arm and the ensuing question: how could this be helpful?…

Winners of all Ages Announced for Within Reach 3D Design Challenge

The results of one inspirational spark can be staggering when you consider it. Within the 3D printing realm, we’ve seen a technology that was created for prototyping in engineering that…

Beating the Odds: Adaptive Athletes Turn to WASPMedical for 3D Printed Prosthetics, Excelling in Surfing & Canoeing

Not too long ago, I happened to glance at a social media post offering up typical reading materials for young men and women today, with a girls’ publication showing off…

Pôle-Ergo Creates Universal Wireless Switch to Improve Computer Access for the Disabled

Of all the areas that 3D printing has had an immediate effect on, the medical field seems to have benefited immensely from the emerging technology in a number of ways….

Volunteers Needed for the CAP Project: 3D Printed Prosthetics for Animals

Seeing an injured animal breaks my heart, and I know I’m not alone in that. Of course it’s hard to see an injured person, too, but there’s something about the…

MatterHackers, e-NABLE, Pinshape and Ultimaker Team Up for Within Reach 3D Design Challenge

I wish it was possible to know exactly how many people with disabilities have been helped with 3D printing technology. It’s impossible, of course, to obtain an exact count, but…

3D Printed Hibbot Aids Children with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is the most common movement disorder in children. It can be caused in a number of different ways and has a variety of manifestations. The core of the…

A Look at Some Small 3D Printed Devices That Make a Huge Difference in the Lives of the Disabled

Christopher Hills has cerebral palsy and quadriplegia. The nineteen-year-old Australian man, who has control only over his neck muscles, would have, until only recently, been resigned to a life of…

Project ALAN: Using a 3D Printed Robotic Arm to Assist With Stroke Rehabilitation

Among the population of the United Kingdom, the stroke is the second highest cause of death, and is also the leading cause of chronic adult disability. For those who survive the…

3D Printed Splints and Arm Supports Bring Relief for Patients with Severe Arm Injuries

One of my favorite things about 3D printing is the fact that it provides the ability to make big impacts on the lives of a relatively small group of people. One…

Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things — Assistive & Accessibility Devices for the Disabled

How many times have you watched a ridiculous late night infomercial for something like a Snuggie and make a joke about how stupid of a product it was? I mean,…

High School Students Learn About 3D Printing While Helping Hospitalized Children Learn New Skills

In western Long Island, New York, off the shores of Little Neck Bay, is St. Mary’s Hospital for Children. It’s a place of healing, comfort and rehabilitation for children with…

Enable Community Foundation Challenges You to Design 3D Printed Sports-Related Prosthetic Devices

I always look forward to hearing about new design challenges from e-NABLE. Not only are they fun, but they encourage participants to really use their creativity to come up with…

Injured Stork Walks Again Thanks to 3D Printed Leg Braces From Mass Portal

When you picture a stork, the first thing you probably think of are its long, slender, delicate legs. The tall waterfowl depend on those long legs for wading through the…

Students Reveal Exceptional Talent with Thingiverse 3D Designs

3D printing education is all the rage, as it becomes clear that the technology is capable of capturing the attention of young and old, teachers and students alike. Some students…

MakerBot Announces Winners of 3D Printed Assistive Technology Challenge

The design and development of assistive technology is one of the most promising facets of the 3D printing revolution. Easing the lives of people with disabilities has been a priority…

Pawsthetics Needs Your Help to Design and 3D Print Prostheses for Pets with Special Needs

Traditionally made prosthetic devices can cost the disabled community thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars, to have custom designed. But in the last few years 3D printing has…

Help This Teacher 3D Print Assistive Fitness Equipment for Disabled Children

As a former personal trainer and current physical fitness teacher at Schlegel Road Elementary School in Webster, New York, Joe Kabes understands the important role of play activity for the…

Meet HU-GO, the Open Source DIY Low-Cost Wheelchair with 3D Printed Parts

Most able-bodied people don’t really understand exactly how expensive it is to be disabled in a world built for people who are not. I have heard several people, after reading…

Kayaking Enthusiast Creates 3D Printed Assistive Paddle Grips for People with Disabilities

Kayaking is something I’ve never tried before. I have a few relatives who are pretty serious about it as a sport, but I’ve only ever gone canoeing, and that usually…