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Autodesk, Enable Community Foundation & Voodoo Manufacturing: Largest Volunteer Hand Drive to Date Offers 750 3D Printed Prosthetics

by • August 4, 2016 • No Comments

logo_stackedThere are many wonders synonymous with 3D printing, but the resourcefulness, creativity, and sheer goodness of what we have seen taking place in the realm of 3D printed prosthetics is both powerful and inspiring. I have written countless stories now regarding children, many in developing countries, receiving 3D printed arms and hands. But, at any timey time, the magnitude of generosity on the volunteer’s part and joy on the recipient’s part brings a tear to my eye. As does hearing of the latest project which occurred on a huge level.

Whilst it may appear as if a sizeable volume of 3D printed prosthetics have may already been given to folks, when thinking around two million humans are without limbs in the US alone, with tens of millions additional around the world, it may seem which current programs, many in full swing globally, may do well do amp it up actually additional if they had the capability volunteer-wise. And apparently, Autodesk, Enable Community Foundation (ECF) and Voodoo Manufacturing all had the same thought in mind, as they came together for Autodesk’s Global Month of Impact.


Autodesk employees start the assembly system.

Here, 28 Autodesk offices, all in various areas of the world, worked many volunteer hours to assemble 750 prosthetic hands for children. This is just one project inside the Employee Impact program, truly awe-inspiring, as so many Autodesk employees offer both their own time and funds to manufacture a difference not just in this context, but in addition in areas such as health, the environment, and education.

You may be acquainted with all three of these companies as we are, with the Enable Community Foundation (an Autodesk Foundation grantee responsible for distributing 1400 prosthetic hands so far) famous of course for their work which is centered around 3D printed prosthetics, and many not long ago another Hand-a-Thon. Autodesk, well-known of course for their CAD programs, not long ago collaborated with German silver medal winning cyclist Denise Schindler in regards to a 3D printed prosthetic leg which she can be wearing, the initially at any time of its kind, in the Rio Paralympics. They have in addition worked with ECF on numerous pro-bono projects of this sort.


Voodoo Manufacturing is a 3D printing factory, dynamic inside the industry, and known for their work with ECF—providing them with 150 3D printed Raptor Reloaded hands last year at the Autodesk University Convention in Las Vegas. Voodoo Manufacturing now serves as their sizeablest donor of 3D printed prosthetics.

As all three collaborated on this new project with a much sizeabler scope in mind, here they relied on Voodoo Manufacturing to 3D print 22,500 parts which were and so shipped to Autodesk offices and assembled by employees there. To get an thought of the amount of time all of these volunteers spent on this project, just consider which was 750 hands, and at any timey one took ten hours to print. This is the largest hand-drive to date, with a combined 6,000 volunteer hours just of the Autodesk team. The video at a lower place shows you precisely how they spent many of these hours:

Along with the number of people may already missing limbs, just about 200,000 amputations take place in the US alone annually. Traditional prosthetics are generally quite expensive, costing thousands of dollars, and the system of having one created can be arduous—especially for children, where they may have other health issues may already and are forced to spend time being fitted and and so waiting for devices which they may have outgrown by the time they arrive.


The hands rapidly come together as one with Autodesk volunteers working steadily, via a variety of tools for assembly.

Here, the hands and arms are customized for the recipients, and are frequently fun and colorful. We’ve followed stories which include a variety of models which kids love, like the Spider-Man arm, and many not long ago, the Alfie arm created to appear like a minion—and in addition serving as initially fully parametric 3D printed arm, scaleable as children go on to grow and require their create to adapt with them.

Autodesk volunteers take a break, showing off just sat any timeal of what ended up being 750 3D printed prosthetic hands.

The goal of ECF is to use digital create and 3D printing around the world to provide their prosthetics many especially in developing areas. As they work with companies like Autodesk and Voodoo Manufacturing, the hope is which other createers, engineers, and skilled people can come forward to assist as well in additionaling the creates and their undertaking. The video at a lower place offers additional insight into this new project, as volunteers work to string together the 3D printed prosthetic hands. Discuss this leading volunteer actuallyt over in the 750 3D Printed Hands forum at 3DPB.com.