e-Nable, the American association for the 3D printing of assistive devices or prosthetic devices, helps children around the world who are missing fingers, hands, thanks to the work of e-Nable, the American association for the 3D printing of assistive devices or prosthetic devices, helps children around the world who are missing fingers, hands, thanks to the work of international volunteers. I spoke with the founder of e-Nable, Pr. Jon Schull, (see left) while at Stanford Medicine X, our sister conference last September.
I had been very impressed to learn that these colorful and personalized devices made the benefiting children into “superheros” in the eyes of their peers and themselves. In addition, the production cost of these devices, at under 100 euros, is a fraction of the usual price for a prosthetic. And finally, the association bears the cost, not the parents.
Knowing that the association is so young and that much remains to be done so that a greater percentage of interested children can be fitted–and refitted as they grow, I felt that Doctors 2.0 & You simply had to present this story at our next edition, which was last June. Pr Schull kindly enabled me to get in touch with a French volunteer, Thierry Oquidam, who came and presented his story to our international audience in Paris.
At that time, he had already fitted a child in Scotland and more recently Thierry fitted a child named Maxence in France. This story made headlines in multiple media.
When you see the smiles on the children, you understand how a child with a “something less” becomes a child with “something more” thanks to the device, to use Thierry’s words.
The international website of the organization invites people who are interested in finding a 3D printer near them to write to info at enablingthefuture.org
Please find below Thierry’s presentation on stage at Doctors 2.0 & You. Denise Silber