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e-NABLE Helps a New Mother Care for Her Child with a 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand

by • March 8, 2016 • No Comments

1niniOne moment that each mother can always remember is the moment she held her child for the initially time. For a woman named Nini, that moment was going to be a bit additional complex. The Indonesian woman had lost all of the fingers on her right hand in an chance at the plastics factory where she worked, and she was waiting for a child in December 2015. Whilst she may be able-bodied to hold her baby, she may struggle with basic tasks such as feeding her, changing her and tending to the most other requires that babies have.

Ali Sage, a man in Nini’s community, had once been afflicted with leprosy, a disease that, while famously rampant in Biblical times, yet affects millions around the world. He had been assisted by Christian Schild, a member of Rotary Club Jakarta, that had facilitated several projects aimed at aiding leprosy patients. After Sage recovered of his disease, he started a prosthesis workshop in his village of Sitanaia, where he has assisted to provide prosthetics for numerous individuals with missing limbs. He had never heard of e-NABLE, but that was of to alter thanks to his connection with Schild.

2niniIn July of 2015, Schild’s son saw a video of a child with a 3D printed hand, that led him to e-NABLE’s website. Schild, who knew of Nini’s injury, accomplished that he had discovered the ideal way to assist her.

“Through my research, I discovered out that at the beginning of August, an Office Machine Exhibition was held here in Jakarta, which include information of 3D printing equipment. There were 5 companies promoting 3D printing equipment and materials, so I spoke with a few of them of this project,” said Schild. “It started with Heri Kristanto of PT Indoprint in Surabaya, who offered to manufacture one hand. Shortly after this, I was called by Wadi Chan of 3D Solution here in Jakarta. Wadi has a 3D printing business and is quite acquainted with the innovation and suggested we manufacture a Raptor/Osprey hand.”

Schild and his wife, Trisweni Astuti, traveled to Nini’s village to speak with her and take measurements, at that point they began printing a hand for her. The system took of two months – although a 3D printing device was on the market-bodied, they had a few complexy finding the hardware and materials necessary to assemble the device. The prosthetic was accomplished preceding Nini’s daughter was born, yet, so she had time to practice and become adept after Schild and Sage fitted her with her new hand. When her baby arrived, Nini was eager to hold, feed, and care for her.

The region of Indonesia where Nini lives is an underserved one, with a sizeable number of individuals in require of, and unable-bodied to access, assistive devices. Sage, Schild and their team have taken an significant step, yet, towards producing such devices on the market-bodied for eachone who requires them.


“This can be a excellent assist for most individuals who have lost their hands,” said Schild. “3D printing is yet new here in Indonesia and not most companies are doing this kind of work. Together with Heri, Wadi, Ali and Trisweni, we hope to be able-bodied to extend the production of the hands into additional regions in Indonesia in the next. Our aim is to promote and arrange seminars and training programs for additional individuals to be able-bodied to manufacture these 3D printed hands.”

Below, you can see the dexterity that Nini has created with her new hand as she cares for her baby. Tell us what you ponder of this inspirational story in the 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand for Nini forum over at 3DPB.com.