MCHS e-NABLE Club gets chapter approval

MCHS e-NABLE’s completed, approved hand

Over the last year, our MCHS e-NABLE club has been working toward achieving approval to have an officially recognized chapter of the e-NABLE organization at Moreau Catholic. This summer they received the good news that their efforts have paid off!

What is e-NABLE?
According to their website, “The e-NABLE Community is an amazing group of individuals from all over the world who are using their 3D printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assistive device.”
MCHS e-NABLE earned their fabrication and assembly badges this summer by submitting the completed hand pictured right. Club president, Ananya Mukundan ’22, explains in detail and demonstrates the hand in action in this video. She shares that over the last year the club has worked on creating a printed prosthetic hand based on the open source designs provided by e-NABLE. Their chapter recognition allows MCHS e-NABLE “to build hands directly for people who request them,” says Ananya.

e-NABLE at Moreau Catholic
In 2018, Ananya, then a frosh, restarted the e-NABLE club after it had been inactive at MCHS for several years. She states that “the motivation for me from the start of opening the club was the thought of being able to help at least one specific person by building a hand for them.” She and the entire club will now have the chance to do just that.
The club has accepted their first “open case,” which means they will be working to create a hand for someone who needs it. Their case involves a 3 year old boy who was born with brachysyndactyly (fused fingers) who, despite many surgeries, needs an affordable prosthetic hand. Compared to medical prosthetic hands, which can cost upwards of $5,000, e-NABLE’s functional, light weight, 3D printed hands costs about $25 to make and is given free of charge to those who need them.

Ananya, along with club officers Anna Fomitchev ’22,  Khushi Bhalla ’22, Katherine Kwan ’22, and Anika Buendia ’22 along with club moderator, Ms. Dorothy Lubin, Science Department Chair, look forward to this challenge. Ms. Lubin shares her pride in the work of the MCHS e-NABLE club, adding, “It is amazing to be able to use our technology to give a life-changing prosthetic to a child. Our students, along with 30,000 others across the globe, are truly making a significant difference in the lives of children in need.”