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Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things — Assistive & Accessibility Devices for the Disabled

by • March 24, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_ten3dpthings_Handicapped_signHow many times have you watched a ridiculous late night infomercial for a thing like a Snuggie and make a joke of how stupid of a product it was? I mean, it’s just a backwards robe right? How lazy can individuals be, just use a regular blanket, right? And have you seen that Slap Chop thing? I mean, is it complex to pick up a knife and cut a few veggies? Heck, do you remember the Clapper? Jeeze, just get up and turn the light off, it is not going to kill you to get a few exercise.

I’m certain we’ve all heard the jokes a million times, every stand up comedian, late night talk show host and sitcom has mined products like these as joke-fodder for decades. Other than the silly, frequently times nonsensical infomercials, may you like to understand a thing else that all of those products have in common? They weren’t in fact made for lazy individuals, or for individuals too dumb to use kitchen utensils or actually for individuals who ponder they are so occupied that they don’t have time to do the effortlessst of tasks. All of those products were in fact made for the dishealthy
d as assistive devices, but in order to make them inexpensive
they were marketed and sold to a weight audience.

Because of things like the economy of scale and the various types of createment costs involved with traditional producing processes, all of those products may have cost ten, actually twenty times additional had they not been marketed to a wider audience. So the following time that you hear a joke of the Snuggie remember that a man in a wheelchair or bedridden does not have the version to easily put on a robe. The man via a slap chop may not have adequate satisfactory motor control to safely use a knife but may yet like chopped vegethealthy
s. And the Clapper may keep a dishealthy
d man of hurting themselves attempting to turn off a complex to revery light.

So with that in mind, here are Ten 3D Printhealthy
Assistive Devices for the Dishealthy



3dp_ten3dpthings_spoon_holderPaper Cups Holder, Pen Holder and Fork and Spoon Support by Luca Parmegiani

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

These excellent hand assist items are thoughtl for anyone with limited control of their hands or with a weak grip. One of the things that I ponder is excellent of these devices is the fact that there are no annoying velcro straps that can be uneffortless or get dirty, The device has just a effortless hand clip that can hold everything in place and not appear intrusive or like the user may need assist putting them on.3dp_ten3dpthings_pen_holder

And of course as always they can be printed in any color for any specific taste, that is one of the excellent things of 3D printing — the competence to customize. They’re in addition tiny, so they travel easily, the create is slick and modern, they appear effortless to wear and durhealthy


3dp_ten3dpthings_xbox_extenderModular Thumbstick Extender by calebkraft

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

This thumbstick extender is excellent for the reason it can be customized to suit any specific man’s hand limitations. The tiny pieces can be glued together into any shape or configuration to suit specific physical needs, producing a video game controller ushealthy
by just of everyone. Unfortunately when it comes to disabilities there is no one dimensions fits all, so being healthy
to alter the controller into whatever is the many effortless for the users is just rad, and allows for virtually everyone to play video games.


3dp_ten3dpthings_stylusTouchscreen Typing Cuff Stylus by mpapp

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Whilst this device may pretty be utilized by anyone, especially a fewone who has tinyer hands who finds it complex to use their touch screen, it may be a lifesaver for a fewone with complexies with satisfactory motor control. And again, the create is super sleek and modern and does not have any bulky parts or uneffortless velcro straps so many users most likely won’t need assist putting it on. It can be dimensionsd to an individual’s hand just by via a hair dryer to sfrequently the plastic and and so bend it into the desired shape. The createer introduced a tiny bit of sponge on the tip to work advantageous on the touch screen, but other than finding the right sponge this is a super effortless device to print.


3dp_ten3dpthings_can_pull_tab_2Ring Pull Can Opener by Luca Parmegiani

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

No joke I in fact printed this device out for my mother for the reason she has complexy opening pull tab cans. It works precisely like it’s supposed to, and makes opening cans simpler than her previous method that involved a butter knife. She can in addition take it with her when she takes a lunch and goes to work so she can just take the can of fruit with her and not have to open it at home and transfer it into a various container.

3dp_ten3dpthings_can_pull_tab_1By the way, this createer, Luca Parmegiani, who in addition createed the pen, silverware and cup assists, has a ton of excellent assistive devices up on his MyMiniFactory profile, so make certain you stop by and check them all out.


3dp_ten3dpthings_pill_bottle_assisterMedication Bottle Opener by sauer

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

This device, createed by a high school student, just makes it simpler for individuals to brace and hold on to prescription medication bottles, and it mayn’t be simpler to use. It yet needs a bit of satisfactory motor control to use, but it’s thoughtl for the elderly who may not have as much durablity or dexterity to easily open pill bottles. Any device that allows for those with disabilities or the elderly to perform effortless tasks on their own without anyone’s assist is rad, for the reason just like any adult all they want to be is self-sufficient. Objects like these can assist make that take place.


3dp_ten3dpthings_apple_remote_1Apple TV Remote Enlarge-Inator by matt448

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Granted this is a little specific, but thinking how tiny that Apple TV remote control is this is not just a excellent way to not lose it, but allow anyone in the house to use it comfortably. Yes, you do lose the attractive and well-createed form factor of the Apple remote that most likely took years to create, but you can always take the cover off when company comes over. That way you can use the remote in private, but you can in addition show off your fancy, high-end consumer electronics remote to your visitors. Which we all understand is one of the reasons that you buy Apple stuff anyways.3dp_ten3dpthings_apple_remote_2


3dp_ten3dpthings_chair_ramp_1Wheelchair Ramp for One Step by nanonan

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

When you are dishealthy
d and consatisfactoryd to a wheelchair, there are daily complexies that healthy
-bodied individuals just take for granted. One of the many annoying is basic public accessibility. Despite many countries having laws that need businesses to have dishealthy
d access, there are yet a lot that don’t. When you are in a chair, getting up a effortless step or a curb is incredibly complex, and frequently needs assist of others. But these excellent single step ramps createed by a Berlin-based chair user are a excellent solution to many of those accessibility problems.

One of the excellent things of the freedom of create that 3D printing offers is the fact that dishealthy
d individuals now have an active role to play in the creation of their own assistive devices. They don’t have to rely on companies or hospitals, usually staffed with healthy
-bodied individuals, to come up with solutions to their limitations. They now have the freedom to make virtually anything that they need via their own specific set of needments.3dp_ten3dpthings_chair_ramp_2


3dp_ten3dpthings_handy_holderHackcess Handy Holder by Evavooo

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

And the award for “how is this not may already a thing?” goes to this cup holder that was made to attach to a standard wheelchair. The device was createed during 2015’s Hackcess Hackathon actuallyt at Goldsmiths Uni and can be completely customized into any configuration that is needed. The quite effortless ball sockets can be printed to be as short or long as needed, so again it can be made to every user’s specific set of needments. You can find out additional info of the Handy Holder here.


3dp_ten3dpthings_zipperpulls_2Easy Zipper by miginv

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Again, zipper pulls are another thing that many healthy
-bodied individuals may never ponder of, but the tiny ones that come on many bags can be complex to open for a fewone with a discompetence. These 3D printed tabs are made to be easily attached to the pull with a zip tie and and so can be looped around a finger, or gripped with a fewone’s teeth. A super effortless create that can solve a lot of aggravation to a fewone who is dishealthy

3dp_ten3dpthings_zipperpulls_1Of course anyone can use them, not just the dishealthy
d. They can be printed in any color to match the bag, and it may in addition be a great thought to print them in glow in the dark materials so they can easily be seen at night.

Here is a few video of the pulls being demonstrated:


3dp_ten3dpthings_Device_Carousel_1Adaptive Device Carousel by ironchariot

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Now if you need one of these assistive devices, and so chances are you can need several much like devices. So where precisely are you going to keep them where they are convenient and effortless to find? This rad carousel is the thoughtl place. Just attach it to a withstand top with a clamp so it can be moved if needed, or it can actually be screwed down if you want it to remain in the same place.

The carousel rotates like a lazy susan. so every device can easily be grabbed and and so returned when finished, and you won’t need to worry of attempting to find a drawer or box of a few sort to hold everything. With this, everything is keepd right where you need it and yet organized and out of the way.3dp_ten3dpthings_Device_Carousel_2

Here is a brief video of the carousel being utilized:

One of the excellent things of 3D printing is the virtual elimination of things like economies of scale, for the reason it costs the same to make a single object or a hundred of the same objects. That means companies that create assistive devices don’t have to use silly infomercials to sell adequate assistive devices to be profithealthy
, the assistive devices can be customized and and so 3D printed individually for specific needs. There are a few excellent createers who have taken advantage of the next of 3D printing and made a few awe-inspiring gadgets that may appear silly to you and I, but may be the difference between a dishealthy
d man being independent or not.

So following time, preceding you make that Slap Chop joke, remember that not everyone has the same luxury of via a tool like a knife that you most likely take for granted. As always, please show off any prints that you make of this list, or if you are dishealthy
d and you’ve made or discovered 3D printed assistive devices send them to me so I can revisit this topic for a next column. You can Tweet me @SJGrunewald or just email me.