Inspiration around the Upstate

Mid 2014 Project Hub friends at the iT2Pi programming Inventors Youth Program did a demo of a 3D printer built from scratch by Owen, 17 years old. This went on to inspire Bob Choban and friends, on their own 3D printing journey. The Project Hub is committed to helping inspire and share stories of all our Maker friends in the region.

3d 111This fall six retired men with backgrounds in science and  engineering  from various fields, all students in the OLLI (Osher Life Long Learning) program at Furman University, got together and decided to purchase a Robo  3D printer.  All fall they learned the workings and quirks of the printer and after much trial and error got it running consistently.

Reid Becker, one of the engineers, introduced the group to enablingthefuture.org , a volunteer organization.  e–NABLING is a worldwide movement of tinkerers, engineers, 3D print enthusiasts, occupational therapists, university professors, designers, parents, families, artists, students, teachers and people who just want to make a difference by printing on 3D printers hands that they give for free to children all over the world.  Volunteers range from boy and girl scout groups, high school and college students to retired people.  The e-NABLING group matches up children with volunteers who will be making the hand.  This year over 700 hands were created by over 3200 Volunteers around the globe.

3d 112These six retired senior citizens from the Greenville SC area have completed their first hand which will be sent to an 8 year old boy in Kansas City, Kansas.   It has been a project filled with satisfaction over what they have learned and even more what they will be able to provide to this boy they have never met.   This group looks forward to building many more hands.  Contact Fay Choban fay@usucceed.com for more information.

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