Low-Tech 3D Printable Assistive Devices
A few weeks ago we visited the Vancouver Mini Maker Fair at the PNE. Among the many exhibits and displays was the Makers Making Change booth which featured a variety of “Low-Tech” assistive devices that can all be 3D printed! The following are a few of those devices we printed to try out ourselves!
This handy device designed by Ivan Gourlay is an attachment for a key, that offers the user a greater lever for turning keys in tough locks.
Plastic Bottle Opening Tool
This small handle is an easy to grip torsion handle for opening bottles, featuring a tapered and serrated inner surface for gripping the bottle cap. Simply press down on the bottle with the tool and use the oversized handle to easily remove the bottle cap.
Finger Tip Pen Holder
People suffering from neuromuscular disorders often have trouble writing as it requires fine control over the smallest leavers in the tips of the fingers. This device allows the user to make use of the larger levers in their body, which are more easily controlled.
STL files for more printable assitive devices can be found here:
Magnetic Shoe Laces
Very helpful magnetic shoelaces in case you cannot bend over to tie your shoes. Thanks to Noe and Pedro Ruiz for making the helpful and open source device.
First day out after hip operation: