As a part of the 2015 Summer Fellowship Pilot Program of the Enable Community Foundation, Digital Fabrication and Design Graduate Candidate, Caitlin Driver, conducted research at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Digital Craft Research Lab into 3D-Printed adaptive devices. Driver designed an adaptive device that enables 10-year Karuna Levie to hold and play a trumpet. Karuna was born without fingers on his left hand. The prototype device was designed for Karuna’s Bach model TR300 trumpet. The design files for the trumpet adaptive device are available to anyone for download and 3D printing as a result of Driver’s research. Through the Enable Community’s online Google+ community, the boy’s mother, Teresa Levie, was connected with University of Wisconsin Milwaukee professor, Frankie Flood, who served as Driver’s advisor on this project. Driver’s research was conducted at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Digital Craft Research Lab at the Peck School of the Arts where professor Flood conducts research.
The research conducted by Driver was funded in part from a $600,000 Google.org grant, Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, awarded to the Enable Community Foundation to further advance the Enable community's innovative work on 3D-printed open-source prosthetics and adaptive devices.
More details about this project, including photos, can be found at Driver’s blog, http://digitalfabricationanddesign.com and the 3D files for the Adaptive Trumpet Device can be downloaded at the following 3D file sharing sites:
About the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Digital Craft Research Lab:
The Digital Craft Research Lab’s goal is to foster innovative, creative research in the areas of design, craft, and art by combining advanced digital technology with traditional craft practice in an effort to educate students for the future. The DCRL fosters interdisciplinary design research, material research, and innovation through making. It is envisioned as a facilitator for partnerships between UWM researchers and regional businesses, nonprofits, arts organizations, other universities and schools.
About Enable and the Enable Community Foundation:
The e-NABLE community is an open community founded by Jon Schull in 2013 to crowd-source the design, fabrication, and dissemination of 3D-printed prosthetics for children and others missing fingers or hands. The volunteer community has grown continuously since then, and has already delivered hundreds of devices to recipients in at least 37 countries. The Enable Community Foundation was founded in October 2014 to support the mission and operations of the e-NABLE community. The community's public-facing website is http://enablingthefuture.org. Their nexus for collaboration is a Google plus community with thousands of members, at http://bitly.com/e-nable. More information about obtaining a device, volunteering, partnering, donating, or sponsoring can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.