3d printed assistive devices

ICRC Enable Makeathon Endeavors to Help People With Disabilities in Remote Areas Through 3D Printing and Other Technologies

One of the best things about 3D printing, in my opinion, is the amazing difference it has made in the lives of people with disabilities. Prosthetics and assistive devices are…

This 3D Printed Hairclip Helps the Deaf “Hear” Using Vibrations and Light

While recent advances in high-tech hearing aids and cochlear implants are helping a wide range of people who have lost their hearing regain it, not every loss of hearing is…

The Power of NinjaFlex: French Occupational Therapists Create 3D Printed Joystick for Wheelchair

3D printing has affected manufacturing and designing to the point that nearly everything that can be made is either now rolling off of a 3D printer or will be soon–and…

MakerBot Announces Assistive Technology Challenge on Thingiverse — Ending November 1

It makes sense to see that 3D printing is beginning to have a bigger impact on the assistive technology arena. One example of this was seen earlier this month, when…

Veteran Uses a 3D Printer to Create a Replica of the Bullet that Paralyzed Him

There really aren’t any rules to what type of therapy to give to someone after a traumatic event. There are certainly physical needs that will have to be met, and…

3D Printing Error-Proof Fixtures Help Put the Blind Community to Work

The stated goal of Wisconsin’s Beyond Vision is to help the vision-impaired community find sustained and fulfilling job opportunities that can help them be more independent and financially support themselves….

The 3D Printed Wheelchair Hand Drive Is an Elegant Solution to an Expensive Problem

Rapid prototyping and 3D printing have opened the world of product development to a community beyond professional engineers and designers to include a range of smart people with helpful, if…

EnableCon2015 : e-NABLE Celebrates Another Year 3D Printing Affordable Protheses on Oct. 24th

It’s certainly no surprise that e-NABLE has their own annual conference–and this year will mark their second one. Being held on October 24th at the University of Washington Bothell, the…

Grad Student Develops Adaptive 3D Printed Trumpet Device for Ten-Year-Old Boy Missing Fingers

The trumpet can be one of the most difficult instruments to play, even when you’ve started out with something a little more challenging like violin or cello. Many music aficionados,…

Amplifying the Power of the Elderly with 3D Printed Assistive Technologies

Ideally, with age comes wisdom, and with wisdom comes the realization that our bodies are no longer as durable and capable as they were in youth. Given enough time, the…

3D Printed Assistive Knives for the Elderly & Arthritic

The young, healthy and able bodied among us often take our ability to easily use the world around us for granted. Media is made for us, stairs and walkways are…