How can 3DPrinting help on accessibility?
Accessibilty and 3D Printing, the best match
What about starting the week with a simple post that can change lives?
Since I started as a writer here on 3DPrinterChat, I think that I the subject of accessibility appeared a couple times: On my post about Mão3D(2016), a Brazilian project that build prosthesis for people that had arm and hand amputees, and on Diana’s post about Québec’s investing on medical 3DPrinting(2017).
3DPrinting is a worldwide community, and while we print all models that we want for us or to sell, we could help to make the world a better place. By simpling printing prosthesis for people that have some kind of disability.
We have this amazing project called: Enabling The Future. A worldwide community of volunteers that uses 3DPrinting to give the world “a hand”, as it says on their slogan. Their website has 3 options for help:
- Need a hand: Where you can ask for a prosthesis
- Build a Hand: If you want to print a prosthesis
- Volunteer: Where you can design prosthesis
Their website contains all the info that you need if you want to contribute to them.
I think that most of the people think that change the world is a hard task for one person. But I think that we can make the world a better place with just an act of kindness. That’s why I’m writing this post.
MyMiniFactory has a category only for accessibility, and scrolling around I saw a lot of simple models that can help people with any kind of disability. So, I’m gonna list a few of them so you can see what we can do with this amazing technology that we all love. Printing a full prosthesis can be a hard task, so I think that we could take a few baby steps.
This is a modular design made by Evavoo. It’s a mug holder that can be attached to a wheelchair. This model is simple to print and super useful.
This is coming double because was made by the same designer: Luca Parmegiani. The first model the fork/spoon support fit the hand of the user and you can attach the cutlery to it. The second it’s just an extension where the extra peace fit the support and you can attach a pen. 2 uses in one and a half models. =D
Luca’s profile on MyMiniFactory worths a look, because he has a few more models designed for the purpose of help people with disabilities.
Another model for a wheelchair. This one can hold an umbrella. Imagine how this model is simple and how much this can help a person that rides in a wheelchair! Congrats Carlos Basauri on this awesome model!
This one is a combo. It used the 3DPrinting and gyroscopic effect to be the perfect holder for a wheelchair and crutches. Emanuel Garcês designed this model to hold tub sizes cup/bottles, with the gyroscopic avoiding the drop of the bottle. The model has a few sizes that you can print to fit any size of the bottle.
This one is to help on the use of the computer. The adapter designed by Adrian Tanner is to be used with a wireless mouse. It works like a shell over the mouse making the buttons much larger and brings the scroll wheel towards the user. Simple to print and assemble.
This model is for people with impaired vision. It works like a floater. While you fill the vessel, the bigger side goes up and the person can sense if the fluid is reaching the top. Also, very simple to print and can give a huge help for people with a sight problem. A great model from Ryk Waters.
See? It’s simple to change the world. It will just take a few hours of your 3DPrinter to change a person’s life. I hope to hear from you soon in the comments below!
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