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Saturday, October 6 • 3:00pm - 4:25pm
The Fabrication, Assembly, and Evaluation of Open Source Prosthetics

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With the advent of low-cost desktop 3D printing, people throughout the world have been designing, printing and distributing a variety of open source prosthetic hands and arms. One of the driving forces behind this work has been the eNABLE Online Community of volunteers, comprising medical professionals, professors, teachers, artists, designers, engineers and makers. This workshop focuses on teaching the fabrication, assembly and testing of the three most common 3D printed prosthetic hand/arm designs developed through eNABLE: the Phoenix Hand, the Unlimbited Arm and the Gripper Palm. Participants will learn specific 3D printer settings for each device and get hands-on experience by assembling these devices in-person with eNABLE experts. In addition, the workshop will cover how to assess if a device is properly assembled through quantitative testing procedures. We will share tests that have been developed by students from elementary through post-secondary levels and challenge participants to develop their own testing protocols to assess each design. While we anticipate a focus on how these devices can be used in an educational setting (absent a recipient), we will briefly cover some best practices for fitting to users and share some results and lessons learned from worldwide uses of eNABLE devices.

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Eric Joseph Bubar

Associate Professor of Physics, Marymount University
Eric Bubar conducts research in using desktop 3D printing to create upper-limb assistive devices. Projects have included testing 3D printed prosthetics, creating low-cost mechanical prosthetics and designing custom devices using 3D scanning.
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Tanya Lerch

Teacher, Sage Hill
Tanya joined Sage Hill in 2016 from Convent of the Sacred Heart in NYC where she taught AP Statistics, Geometry, and Algebra 2. She serves as an AP reader in Statistics each year and is currently teaching AP Statistics and Applied Statistics and serves as the 12th grade Dean at Sage... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 3:00pm - 4:25pm EDT
Conference Room C