Steps to Becoming an E-NABLE Maker





Introduction: Steps to Becoming an E-NABLE Maker

This Instructable will guide you through the process of becoming a Maker for the e-NABLE community.

It seems you want to go beyond just printing and assembling hands or arms for the fun and awesomeness of being able to do it, and now want to move on to something more meaningful: producing a prosthetic to deliver to a specific recipient. e-NABLE requires that you pass through a few "certification" steps to do that. So this Instructable will walk you, step by step, through the things e-NABLE wants you to do before becoming a certified Maker.

Step 1: What You Will Need

In this Instructable we will be building the Phoenix Hand v2, to use as the test hand for validation by e-NABLE. This is the device suggested by e-NABLE as the first build.

You will need:

· A 3D printer, or access to one. It needs to have a print bed at least 6" by 6" to fit the largest part

· PLA filament that will work with your printer. Choose your colors to suit yourself.

· An assembly materials kit.

Choose the one for the Phoenix Hand:

If you are building a different hand, other hand assembly materials kits are available from 3D Universe e-NABLE Assembly Kits.

If the assembly kit is too expensive for your needs right now, everything within the assembly kit can be purchased at a craft store and hardware store. I could list them all here, but has a great list. Start there to find what you need. What's missing from that list for your build of the Phoenix hand is rubber bands. You will need about a dozen very small rubber bands. Depending on the size of the hand, you may need to find orthodontic retainer rubber bands. Otherwise check at a craft store or office supply store.

Step 2: Building Your Phoenix Hand for Validation

While the most highly recommended hand to build as a test hand is the Unlimbited Phoenix Hand (, there is currently a problem using the Customizer to size it correctly, making it very difficult to download the STL files you need.

Therefore, we will be building the Phoenix v2 hand. There are big advantages to using this v2 hand instead: there is a tremendous amount of instructional documentation in the Thingiverse entry and within the downloaded files. So instead of me repeating all the steps, go to and use those instructions to build your hand.

By default, printing the hand as defined in Thingiverse will produce a very small hand. One way to compensate for this is within your printer control software. Where you find the scaling factor setting within your software is a quest you must venture without me. But once you find it, you must scale all the parts to be the same scaling factor! This is very easy to forget (ask me how I know).

Step 3: Introduce Yourself to the E-NABLE Community!

If you want to be an e-NABLE Maker, you should become part of the e-NABLE community.

The e-NABLE community is really just defined as all the members of the Google+ community.

You will need to have a Google account to apply to the Google+ e-NABLE community.

  • Log into your Google account.
  • Choose "Join Google+"
  • Search for e-NABLE community.
  • Within the e-NABLE community, on the left panel, find "Introductions". Click that.
  • Write a post to the community telling who you are, where you are from, and your plans for working with e-NABLE.

Step 4: Post a Video of Your Test Hand on E-NABLE's Forum

To get approval of your test hand, you must record a video showing the attributes and structure of your hand. All the instructions of what they are looking for can be found here:

Once you follow their instructions to make a video and post it, the e-NABLE volunteers who monitor for new submissions will find your video and post and, hopefully, certify your test hand.

Their response will be either as a forum reply, or as an email to you.

Make sure you keep track of this approval - you will need it later!

Step 5: Creating a Credly Account

As a means of certifying accomplishments, e-NABLE uses a "badging" system called Credly. You will need an account login at Credly, so please do so at

Step 6: Claim Your Credly Badges!

While it may seem silly now, gathering your Credly badges will be important as e-NABLE expands the use of badges as requirements for other of their tools.

For example, if you were to start a Chapter of e-NABLE locally, you must be a certified Maker - meaning you have the proper Maker badges showing you have built an e-NABLE hand or arm. Here is a map of e-NABLE Chapters worldwide: e-NABLE Chapters worldwide map.

Another example is the e-NABLE matching system, While anyone can log into EnableWebCentral, only certified Makers can sign up to work on hands or arms for specific recipients.

So go claim your Badges! If you have followed all the steps of this Instructable, you will be able to claim:

  • Joined Google+
  • Introduced Myself
  • 3D Printed e-NABLE Hand
  • 3D Printed e-NABLE Test Hand Approved
  • Phoenix v2 Assembly
  • Phoenix v2 Fabrication

Step 7: Congratulations!

What, you really made it this far? I'm impressed!

I know you want to jump right onto finding a recipient through EnableWebCentral, but there are many other resources you should also check out. And really, all of them start at the home base, e-NABLING the Future! So go there to explore the whole world of e-NABLE. Read some of their feel-good stories to get you pumped up about building hands and arms.

I should point out that there are very few recipients listed on EnableWebCentral in the United States at this time. But you could also ask around your local schools to see if they have children who might benefit from an arm or hand.

If you can't find any recipients but still want to build hands that would go to a worthy cause, you can build hands and arms of a variety of left/right and sizes, and send them to a location where they will be distributed to hospitals, clinics and educational institutions for training purposes. If you choose to do that, you should package up the device and mail it to:

ATTN: Maria Esquela

1260 Stevens Avenue

Arbutus, MD 21227

Step 8: Other Resources

There are a number of documents you should read before you actually deliver a device to a recipient. All of them can be found within the webpage

One is the Device Safety Guidelines. As soon as you engage with a recipient or his/her guardian, make certain they have a copy.

A second is the Code of Conduct. It has directives about where to meet, who must be present, and links to other documents. You must read this document before meeting a recipient.

A third is a release for e-NABLE (and you) to use/post/display media of your recipient. Get this signed before you deliver the prosthetic.

And a fourth document is the Release and Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement. This is the legal-ese required to avoid lawsuits.



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    really helpful instructable , we are also working on 3d printed prosthetics , that we want to build it for E-NABLE the Future community to help someone who needs it.
    Thank you:)

    I've seen some awesome solutions from this community! I look forward to seeing more :)