Frequently Asked Questions about the e-NABLE Volunteer Community
Thanks for your interest in the e-NABLE Volunteer Community! Below are some resources to help you learn more about how to get involved.
We now have a great Wikifactory group and forum:
Please head here to ask questions from our great volunteers, designers and leaders of the community!
Please also feel free to join our facebook pages and groups or reach out to volunteers:
General Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/enablingthefuture/
e-NABLE R&D Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/enablecollaborators
For help with 3D printing questions, files, designs, difficult cases to fit for etc.
e-NABLE Community Bulletin Board: https://www.facebook.com/groups/enablecommunitybulletinboard
A general bulletin board to share information with each other etc.
e-NABLE Chapter leaders: https://www.facebook.com/groups/enablechapterleaders
If you are a chapter leader and need help or mentoring etc.
e-NABLE educators Alliance: https://www.facebook.com/groups/enableeducatorsalliance
A group for teachers and those in the educational fields who need support or want to share with others.
WANT TO "LEND A HAND" AND BECOME AN E-NABLE VOLUNTEER?
Please visit our "Lend A Hand" page here: http://enablingthefuture.org/lend-a-hand/
This is where you can learn how you can submit your test hand for approval, collect digital badges and awards for your work, get help from our forums and e-NABLE Community, and find out other ways in which you can help by donating your time and talents to the global movement!
DO YOU NEED A HAND?
Visit our "NEED A HAND" page: http://enablingthefuture.org/ineedahand/
Visit our "Donations" page: http://enablingthefuture.org/donations/
You can donate gift cards to help us purchase materials for our e-NABLE Chapters or hand assembly kits to help offset costs for recipients or volunteers who are assembling for them.
ARE YOU A SCHOOL, A SCOUT TROOP, A FIRST ROBOTICS TEAM, A LIBRARY, A MAKERSPACE, A FAB LAB OR OTHER GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED AND HELP US "GIVE THE WORLD A HELPING HAND" AND CREATE A LOCAL E-NABLE CHAPTER?
If you would like to become an official e-NABLE Chapter and put yourselves on the Chapter map so that families and recipients can find you in their local areas and contact you for help in assembling and creating a device or your group is interested in helping to print and assemble devices for other e-NABLE Chapters in underserved areas who have long wait lists for devices - please visit our "Chapters" page: http://enablingthefuture.org/e-nable-community-chapters/
For questions, please email email@example.com
WANT TO BUILD A HAND?
Visit our "Build a hand" page: http://enablingthefuture.org/upper-limb-prosthetics/
(Most popular models to build - Raptor Reloaded, Phoenix and Unlimbited Arm)
NEED INFO ON PURCHASING A 3D PRINTER OF YOUR OWN?
Please visit our 3D printing page: http://enablingthefuture.org/3d-printers/
For questions about which 3D printer is best for your needs - please email Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org
3D Universe provides support for the community. You can reach them at email@example.com, by phone at 800-689-4344, or via our live web-chat on EnablingTheFuture and e-NABLE Web Central.
NEED TO PURCHASE HAND ASSEMBLY KITS OR FILAMENT?
Please visit our shop and purchase your materials through there. Every purchase made through our website helps support our website and our community! http://enablingthefuture.org/shop/
TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT FILES, PRINTER SETTINGS OR TROUBLESHOOTING DURING BUILDS?
Visit our Forums on Wikifactory: https://wikifactory.com/+e-NABLE/forum
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you looking for a *speaker for your event?
We have numerous volunteers and founding members who would be happy to participate and provide motivational and inspirational talks to schools, conferences, events and more in dozens of countries worldwide!
*Your company or organization may need cover travel and hotel costs, and some events require honorariums and speaker fees, depending on who you would like to join you at your event and what the event is for.
WHERE CAN YOU SEND YOUR COMPLETED DEVICES OR HAND KITS?
If you have created devices that you would like to donate back to the e-NABLE Community to use for recipients or demos for schools, Occupational therapist/Prosthetist/Physical Therapy students and clinics, please mail your assembled devices and unassembled hand kits to:
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
College of Engineering
100 Seymour Ave.,
Utica, NY 13502
Attn: Professor Robert Payne
Please include the following information with each device you send:
- Name of the e-NABLE design (i.e. Unlimbited Phoenix Hand)
- Material used
- Device scale (%)
- Any additional information, such as the % of infill used, layer height, etc.
How to Get Your Classroom Involved in the e-NABLE Volunteer Community
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How to Become a Volunteer with the e-NABLE Volunteer Community
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How to Request a Free e-NABLE Device
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Which 3D printer should I get for making e-NABLE devices?
Choosing the right 3D printer can be a difficult process. There are many options available, and a lot of it depends on your budget and preferences. Most 3D printers are capable of printing e-NABLE devices. I would recommend steering clear of “mini” ...
Want to 3D print parts for e-NABLE devices but not assemble them
If you’d like to 3D print parts for e-NABLE devices and have others assemble them, you are welcome to do so. The current recommended hand designs are the Phoenix v2 Hand and the Unlimbited Phoenix Hand. The current recommended arm design is the ...