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The Desktop Prosthetics Project by DoES Liverpool

Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing

Ross Dalziel, Patrick Fenner and Adrian McEwen who are permanent deskers at DoES Liverpool are helping facilitate and support a ‘production line’ area in Build Your Own, to 3D-print open-source designs of upper limb prosthetics. The project is inspired by a local family, the Abbotts, who used the DoES workshop to print hand parts independently for their daughter Baylee.

Over the course of the exhibition, FACT Gallery Assistants and DoESLiverpool will assist the public in testing and building 3D printed prosthetics using the open source design for the Raptor Hand. The public will have the opportunity to play, experiment and understand what prosthetics are and how access to rapid prototyping and open source digital tools can help people make the world the way they want it.

Desktop Prosthetics, DoES Liverpool 

By working with Reach in the NorthWest, the association for children with upper limb deficiency, DoES will be helping a number of children (primarily) from the North-West and, when the exhibition tours, East Anglia where Norwich hackspace are assisting. In addition, the exhibition which tours to Norwich will raise awareness within the Reach community and the general public about the uses of 3D printing. It’s worth noting that the Raptor Hand is more of a tool than a fully functioning prosthesis and has very limited grip strength. For more details on the design and its suitability click here.
DoESLiverpool, as an organisation, do not work on 'projects' as such; they simply help the community to realise their projects with the facilities on offer. DoES's community is essentially anyone who wants to do something with them. Part of the ‘deal’ of this project is that DoESLiverpool and Norwich Hackspace can keep the new larger 3D printers, Ultimaker 2s, so that if people do need to print more hands in the future at DoESLiverpool, they will have extended their facilities so that people can. If a group grows and develops around the activity in the exhibition then that group can continue to use DoESLiverpool to support it like the many diverse groups that call DoESLiverpool home.
The project is being managed on github which DoES hopes will aid Norwich hackspace when they help with their side of the tour.

Desktop Prosthetics, DoES Liverpool


Build Your Own is a FACT and Crafts Council partnership exhibition in association with Norfolk Museums Service and co-curated by curator and cultural programme director Lauren Parker and Clare Cumberlidge of creative communications company Thirteen Ways. 

Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing showing at FACT until 31 August 2015

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