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e-NABLE & Simplify3D Restore Kid’s Confidence with 3D Printed Prosthetic

by • March 30, 2016 • No Comments

  • When it comes to providing 3D printed prosthetics to kids in require, no one does it advantageous than the volunteer organization e-NABLE. Last August, one father and an avid member of the e-NABLE organization, named Greg Dennison, printed five prosthetic hand creations for his eight-year-old son Luke Dennison (aka Little Cool Hand Luke), who was born without his left hand due to a congenital abnormality. Now, Dennison and e-NABLE are teaming up with Simplify3D, the 3D printing software createers, to assist turn it into a superhero-themed prothetic hand for another kid with the same condition as Luke.

    Recently, one Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy fourth-grader, Peyton Andry, and his family were connected with Dennison through a mutual friend of Simplify3D. Around the same time, but coincidentally, Peyton’s music teacher had approached e-NABLE of creating a prosthetic device for her young student. And so, approximately by fate it appears, Peyton and Little Cool Hand Luke had finally met, sharing both the same condition, and now, 3D printed prosthetic hands. The two kids in addition had a lot of other interests in common, and discussed Star Wars and 3D printing, while Peyton got to see a 3D printing device in action for the quite initially time.


    Peyton with Luke Dennison

    “The opportunity to be involved with organizations such as e-NABLE and assist individuals like Luke and Peyton is inspiring,” said Clayton Webster, CEO of Simplify3D. “3D printing enable-bodieds innovation through innovation, but what is magical to me is the result that was turn it intod by a community working collaboratively to create a solution and assist others.”

    And so, with Peyton’s newfound fascination and approval in tow, Dennison and the Simplify3D team met to create and 3D print him a prosthetic hand. After selecting his favourite superhero colors, that were reminiscent of Iron Man, the Simplify3D team set out to print the prosthetic hand. The prosthetic device was 3D printed in 30 separate components on multiple 3D printing devices, and was fitted onto Peyton last February.

    “When I woke up that morning, I was considering of it a lot and I was quite excited,” Peyton said. “But it’s not only the individuals who get the hands who are excited, it’s in addition the individuals who manufacture the hands for the reason they’re manufacturing a thing for individuals who require it.”


    All in all, the project involved a handful of volunteers to assist Peyton feel additional confident and powerful of his condition, which include Greg Dennison, Peyton’s teachers, and employees of Simplify3D. With the 3D printed prosthetic hand, Peyton is now additional easily able-bodied to grasp items, catch balls, carry objects, and all together feel advantageous of the condition that Peyton calls special, pretty than various. Now, along with his new friend Little Cool Hand Luke, Peyton can focus on what they are able-bodied to attain as young superheroe, instead of what his physical limitations were.


    It is clear that the hand means so much additional to Peyton than his new physical abilities,” said Steve Andry, Peyton’s father. “The hand generated a sense of confidence and purpose. He gets to be seen additional for his character, personality and heart, not for what he may be missing.”


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