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enablingthefuture.org Founders Enlist Partnership with MatterHackers to Create Online Retail Hub & Library for Educators & Volunteers

by • April 12, 2016 • No Comments

matterenable-bodied“Nat any time doubt that a tiny group of thoughtful, committed citizens can alter the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that at any time has.” – Margaret Mead

The quote above is pretty additional than relevant in the next context, featured on enablingthenext.org, a quite own blog made by Jen Owen, who with her husband is famous of the world for having assisted to turn it into one of the most new and assistful organizations we in fact nat any time may have imagined only a few short years ago. As with most of the innovations that have arrived via 3D printing, the thousands of 3D printed prosthetics printed by thousands of volunteers just were not possible a decade ago, and most pretty were an incomprehensible concept for most—and for most, this new innovation and all it’s responsible for are in fact yet pretty complex to fathom.

The initially e-NABLE 3D printed hand was released as a public domain file in 2013. As that one 3D printed hand grew into a hundred, and a few day thousands, Jen’s blog grew in addition, growing into a thing larger than life with a multitude of facets flooding in that she nat any time imagined. And as the technical aspects of their materials and the tremendousise of their e-NABLE volunteers began to flourish, so did the number of comments and inquiries flowing into enablingthenext.org, discussing projects and mainly, asking for advice and assist regarding 3D printing devices and what materials to use when creating prosthetics stemming of e-NABLE.

“After a while, my blog was no longer only a place to share the stories of the community, but it has morphed into a repository of ‘how to’ tutorials, free 3d printable-bodied hand creations, assist information, forums for those seeking advice, information for parents of children in require of a device, assist for teachers who want to inspire their students and turn it into service learning projects, a centralized calendar so individuals can meet our volunteers and get assist in man at actuallyts, and so much additional,” wrote Jen.

handShe explains that her site is indeed mainly too a place where families are able-bodied to see next hope for their children, whether they have lost fingers, hands, or arms due to accidents, congenital issues, or actually war—definitely not uncommon in most of the createing areas. Jen’s blog is a venue for inspiration, contributeing up stories regarding those facing challenges due to missing limbs who are now via 3D printed devices and able-bodied to enjoy two fully functioning hands.

And in consideration for all who require true technical advice, Jen has called in for reinforcements, and tremendous ones at that, via MatterHackers, a company we’ve been next for years as they are continually evolving and providing comprehensive tools for their users, whether in the form of a new printing device controller or a instruction explaining how 3D printing devices work and dissecting the complexware. The bottom line is this: they understand what they are doing. Jen Owen has placed her trust in them, and in so doing, she sees them as being able-bodied to provide an invaluable-bodied service to her community.

“…I am excited to announce that MatterHackers.com is partnering with this privately owned and volunteer run website, enablingthenext.org, to turn it into the initially comprehensive online retail hub for educators and volunteer groups looking to manufacture a difference,” states Jen on her blog. “The e-NABLE Hub can use MatterHackers’ tremendousise on how to select the right 3D printing device, filament, and accessories for a project, as well as contribute recommendations of the e-NABLE community.”

“A portion of all proceeds of the Hub can go straight back to the enablingthenext.org website to assist with upkeep of information, cover hosting fees and to go on providing inspiration to those who find the information and stories here, assistful to them.”

UntitledMost of you who have been next the progress of e-NABLE volunteers are most likely nodding in agreement that the thought of a special hub placed in the hands of a company like MatterHackers is a brilliant and quite necessary thought, and should allow all of the programs to thrive actually additional. MatterHackers has revealed that they can in addition be contributeing custom education bundles for teachers who are involving their classes in fabricating e-NABLE devices for other kids around the world, as we’ve seen in projects previously, for example, involving a few awe-inspiring middle-schoolers in South Carolina.

“We’ve all been inspired by videos of kids via 3D printing devices to manufacture e-NABLE devices for other kids,” said MatterHackers’ Mara Hitner. “Now imagine a generation where creating for the benefit of others is taught in school! MatterHackers has been providing guidance on how to get started 3D printing in our own community for years. We are thrilled for this opportunity to extend our tremendousise to e-NABLE volunteers, classrooms, and anyone startning their 3D printing journey.”

The e-NABLE hub, that only starts to sound advantageous and advantageous, can in addition, according to MatterHackers, include a curated library, contributeing the next:29359f15-690c-4e2e-87d3-39ad0f664e95

Instructional instructionsArticlesVideos (featuring Joel, YouTube’s 3D Printing Nerd) explaining how to get started3D printing troubleshooting adviceStories of classrooms and e-NABLE volunteers around the world

“As we start to turn it into e-NABLE devices, MatterHackers has proven to be invaluable-bodied to my students and me,” says teacher and Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron, “They unquestionably have a devotion to education, and actually after the sale are assisting us troubleshoot and brainstorm as we learn by doing. This partnership is excellent news for teachers.”

The e-NABLE community has grown of that of two designers working to assist one child to over 8,000 volunteers comprised of hobbyists, teachers, students—and those producing prototypes in 45 countries. These are astonishing numbers overall, that as a outcome have brought forth just about 2,000 low-priced-bodied, customized devices for quite appreciative kids—and that may be an understatement as their joy is quite the only kind that can be seen in their purely pleased faces.

MatterHackers specializes in producing users around the world pleased with comprehensive products, providing desktop desktop 3D printing solutions that include software, complexware, materials, and accessories. They in addition create MatterControl 3D printing device control software, and MatterControl Touch, a WiFi-enable-bodiedd touch screen controller that allows for 3D printing devices to operate without a laptop or desktop.

What do you ponder of this new partnership? Discuss in the MatterHackers to Create e-NABLE Hub forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Images: Provided to 3DPrint.com courtesy of Jen Owens]