How’d You Like to Give a Hand?

hopkinsday1-7Some days the business of information security just makes me tired. The drudgery of compliance, the constant losing battle against malware, navigating the politics of organizations; I begin to wonder what it’s all for. Then I find something that makes me remember why I got into technology.

I help a friend secure his home network or  increase the font size on my mom’s laptop. This is probably why I’m such a fan of the makerspace movement. So when I started hearing about 3D printers being used to create prosthetic limbs, it made my grumpy, infosec, Grinch-heart expand about 8 sizes. These kinds of projects offer ways we can contribute our talent to the community and see tangible results in people’s lives.

NoVA Labs, a prominent local maker space, is looking for volunteers and contributors for their Open Source Prosthetics group and they’ve joined up with e-NABLE, a network of volunteers using 3D printing to give the World a “Helping Hand.”

More from NoVA Labs Vice-President Jason Kohles:

We’re going to start hosting a monthly get together for makers interested in building prosthetics and for the people who could benefit from low-cost prosthetics (2:00 on the second saturday of every month, Sept 13th will be the first one and you should attend!) .  The idea is that if you live in the area and have this kind of need, you could come to one of these meetings to find out what options are available, get all the measurements needed to make a prosthetic, and then come to the meeting the next month to get fitted.  People who already have an open source prosthetic could come back every month if they need repairs or adjustments, have grown enough to need bigger parts printed, or just as a social thing (kids especially often have the feeling that they are the only one with this kind of problem, meeting other kids in a similar situation can do a lot for their self esteem).

We have our first two recipients in the pipeline (two young boys, one from Maryland and one from Herndon) and many more to come.


e-NABLE is having their first ever conference right in our backyard!

*Prosthetists Meet Printers: *
*Mainstreaming Open Source 3D-Printed Prosthetics for Underserved Populations*
Sunday Sept 28, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD.

Crowd-sourced collaborative innovation is changing the face of modern medicine. e-NABLE, an online volunteer community of humanitarian technologists is leading the way by designing, building, and disseminating inexpensive 3D-printed prosthetics.

Come join the e-NABLE organization and thought leaders in medicine, industry and public policy for a ground-breaking, industry-defining event at at Johns Hopkins Hospital that will include the delivery of donated prosthetics to children with upper limb disabilities.

Help us bring 21st-century technologies, practices, and philosophies to prosthetists, parents, and patients. Help us develop enlightened policy recommendations and strategies in advance of FDA regulatory workshops in October.


Today’s post pic is from E-nabling the Future.

5 comments for “How’d You Like to Give a Hand?

  1. August 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    How’d You Like to Give a Hand?

  2. August 26, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    #NOVABLOGGER: How’d You Like to Give a Hand?

  3. August 26, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    #NOVABLOGGER: How’d You Like to Give a Hand?

  4. August 26, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    “@grecs How’d You Like to Give a Hand?” // @interlockroc is doing this as well, it’s awesome.

  5. August 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    BLOGGED: How’d You Like to Give a Hand?

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