A Bit About Us
What We Do:
Hands Free is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that hopes to change the lives of children and wounded adults who need prosthetic hands. We donate 3D printers to schools in low income areas and teach the students how to use the printer to make low-cost custom prosthetic hands.
Founded in 2015, Hands Free has donated many 3D printers to schools all around the country. We enable the school to create a STEM curriculum that teaches students how to 3D print. Once the students are adept at using the 3D printers, we give them the resources and training necessary to use the 3D printers to create 3D-printed prosthetic hands for those born without fingers. Many hands have been created for individuals born without fingers who don’t have access to expensive and complicated medical prosthetics. Hands Free has been able to transform the lives of many children born without fingers and created opportunities previously unavailable without the use of two functional hands.
The foundation aims to create a full circle of service of giving by targeting donations to schools that don’t have the resources to acquire a 3D printer. We have been able to teach students about science, engineering, and 3D printing who previously had never had the exposure or opportunity. We then allow them to give back to others by creating the prosthetic devices.
A high tech prosthetic hand can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000. To print, assemble and ship a 3D printed prosthetic hand costs less than $50.00. Although a 3D printed prosthetic hand is inherently not as functional than a hand that costs $100,000, for children who will easily break a finger or people who cannot afford an expensive prosthetic, these hands can and do have a profound impacts on the user's life. If a child outgrows the hand, a new one can easily be printed and many of the materials can be reused from the old hand. These modular designs make 3D printed prosthetics feasible for all users.