June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Community Engagement Division
This paper describes a service-learning project in our mechanical engineering program in which students 3D print and build prosthetic arms and hands for children in need within the community. Three engineering students worked with three faculty members to adapt 3D models currently available through the E-NABLE organization’s website. The children involved typically have a limb missing either below the wrist or below the elbow. The 3D printed device provides a low cost prosthetic with functional fingers for gripping that are actuated by wrist or elbow movement. The educational goals were to provide learning opportunities in the areas of community engagement, project scope definition, advanced CAD modeling and design, 3D printing, and project management. The project also helps teach the students that as engineers, we should try to give back to the community using our skills. Project outcomes and perspectives from the children, students, and faculty are presented in this paper.
Kellam, S. M., & Boleneus, G. J., & Stewart, J., & Richter, D. C., & Michaelis, B. M., & Gerlick, R. E. (2019, June), An Undergraduate Engineering Service Learning Project Involving 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands for Children Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32085
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