When Shaker High School senior Caroline Berg-Love came to Career & Technical Education (CTE) Supervisor Eric Philips last school year to start an e-NABLE Club, she was looking to offer the community a helping hand. And that’s exactly what she has been doing ever since.
“Caroline is a definite self-starter,” said Philips. “She really took the reins with this club and has done an excellent job with it.”
The e-NABLE Community is a group of individuals from all over the world who are using 3D printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assistive device.
In order for Berg-Love to start an e-NABLE chapter here at Shaker, she had to create a test hand and submit it to the e-NABLE organization for approval as well as explaining the purpose of the chapter. Once approved, Berg-Love along with other members of the club spent the 2016-17 school year practicing and making designs for e-NABLE devices like the Raptor Reloaded and Phoenix Hand.
“We meet every Monday, except for the first Monday of the month,” said Berg-Love. “And we’ll spend an hour assembling the prosthetics.”
Berg-Love says that the 3D printing has to take place outside of the club meetings because it could take up to 16-hours to print all of the materials for one of the devices, admitting most of the printing she does herself.
This year, Berg-Love and the SHS e-NABLE chapter have been able to make close to a dozen Raptor Reloaded and Phoenix Hand prosthetics since the beginning of the year. They go to local community members in need who have been unable to receive a prosthetic elsewhere.
“I really wanted to help the people who are having a hard time receiving their own prosthetic,” said Berg-Love.
“We also can cater to what the person wants out of it,” said Berg-Love. “Say there is a kid that wants an Iron Man colored hand…we can do that from them!”
“I enjoy assembling the hands because it’s like a puzzle trying to make each piece fit just right,” said Berg-Love.
As for next year, Berg-Love hopes she can go on and create another e-NABLE chapter at North Western University where she will be attending in the Fall.
Check out some pictures below of the Raptor Reloaded and Phoenix Hand: