Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Enabling The Future Prosthetic Project

Enabling The Future

Here at Peter Woodbury we have an awesome second grader, Harun, who was born without a right hand. Harun has undergone a number of surgeries to help him, but still does not have the ability to do many things those of us with both hands are able to do. For example, he would love to be able to swing, jump rope, hold a paper for his writing, throw a ball, hold a book, tie his shoe and so much more.

Harun, with the help of e-Nable and students at The Academy for Science and Design in Nashua, will soon be able to do all of those tasks! e-Nable, ASD, Harun and his parents are working together to develop a 3D printed prosthetic hand that will be used just like a typical person's hand. This process is just beginning and we look forward to sharing Harun's journey with the PWS community.

  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, literally giving the world a helping hand! Their goal is to establish an eNABLE chapter at ASD, with a full 3D Print Lab. Student volunteers would get to work with CAD modeling software and 3D printers to make working prosthetic hands for children, and their first recipient is Harun! See "enablingthefuture.org" for more information. Also, be on the lookout for updates on the PWS website, Facebook page, and principals' blog.

Check out some of the pictures from Harun's recent visit to ASD. He was able to watch the students make him a 3D printed bracelet.