My name is Michael Repajic and am in the process of starting a non-profit organization dedicated to developing 3D printed prosthetic hands for the homeless in Los Angeles as well as for children in the US and developing countries.
The prosthetic hands/arms are printed out of ABS plastic and I am searching for 3D printing companies/labs that are interested in joining this humanitarian effort.
Some different types of prosthetic devices that will be used can be found here: http://enablingthefuture.org/upper-limb-prosthetics/.
More information and instructions regarding the necessary STL files and infill instructions can be found here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:261462, for one type of prosthetic.
I am already in contact with a gentleman that lives at the Midnight Mission, a homeless shelter in Los Angeles, and he is the first candidate for the prosthetic. I’m in need of assistance in order to get his hand printed as I’ll need access to 3D printers/materials.
Once the first two or three hands are printed, my colleagues and I are going to make a kickstarter video in order to promote our cause and gain support from more companies with the potential of fundraising. I was part of a project at the end of last year where we printed hands for children in Haiti and it was truly a rewarding experience to see the kids receive their prosthetics. I have attached pictures of some different types of prosthetics.
If anyone is interested or knows of a printing lab who is willing to join the cause, please contact me. I appreciate your time and look forward to collaborating. Thank you.