3D Systems, based in Rock Hill, S.C., recently announced a partnership with e-NABLE Community Foundation to support e-NABLE, the global network of makers, inventors and designers who create 3-D printed functional prosthetic hands for people in need.
According to a press release, the goal of the partnership is to expand access to, expand the capabilities of and educate the public about e-NABLE’s offerings. 3D Systems will lend products, services and expertise to the design and distribution of e-NABLE hands.
“Our technology unlocks everyone’s potential to transform great ideas into real outcomes,” Avi Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems, said in the release. “By teaming up with the e-NABLE community, we are giving more people the means and the skills to improve lives.”
The partnership between 3D Systems and e-NABLE Community Foundation (ECF) will focus on four key areas: the design of a new hand, to be free, publicly shared and customizable; technical advice on prosthetic technology and design; the identification of four more university-based labs to join the partnership; and the development of learning materials for educators to introduce and facilitate the design of 3-D hands.
“We are excited to welcome 3D Systems into partnership with ECF and look forward to leveraging their solutions and expertise to further our reach and impact,” Jon Schull, PhD, ECF president, e-NABLE founder and research scientist at the Rochester Institute of Technology, said.
The two groups will formally celebrate the partnership at the Capitol Hill Maker Faire on June 11 and the National Maker Faire on June 12 and 13, both in Washington D.C.