For my March Madness project I designed, 3-D printed, assembled, received notable certifications for, and donated 10 economically affordable- 3-D printed prosthetic hands for children amputees. My project started with designing and 3-D printing prosthetic legs, however, due to specific FDA regulations, I was not able to pursue this path and instead switched to making hands instead. Due to a similar FDA regulation, I would not be able to donate 3-D printed hands that I myself designed, so in order to achieve my goal of donating the hands that I made, it was necessary for me to use designs already certified by the FDA. For my project, I partnered with E-NABLing the Future, an organization that provides affordable prosthetics to amputees around the world. I have created the only chapter in New York City, Super Hands- Grace Church School, and have received 3 certification badges for my work and have 5 badges are still pending approval. While the Corona Virus has impeded the delivery status of the hands I donated, soon enough young amputees around the country will be able to use the hands I printed in order to better their lives.
Application of Badge of Certification of Phoenix Version 2 Hand
ENABLing the Future’s Chapter Page (You can find Super Hands by using the search function in the top left of the map)
In addition to the manual prosthetics shown, I have made a fully bionic one based on a design made by a fellow ENABLE chapter in Medellín, Columbia. While not as economically affordable, I wanted to try to make a more affordable bionic hand. This is a link to the bionic hand in action (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpkXdN15b6Q ).