Becoming an E-NABLE Maker




Introduction: Becoming an E-NABLE Maker

This Instructable is referenced in both and the new home of e-NABLE,

All the content of this Instructable is now better presented on a page within the new Hub. While I suggest you also look at the main Hub page referenced above, the section of the Hub that replaces all the content of this Instructable can be found at:

How To Get Started As An e-NABLE Volunteer

Step 1: What You Will Need

In this Instructable we will be building the Unlimbited Phoenix Hand, 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 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: 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 e-NABLE forum on Wikifactory.

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

  • Go to WikiFactory at
  • Sign In/Sign Up button at the top.
  • Create your own user id and password
  • Find the Category named "Introductions".
  • Write a post to the community telling who you are, where you are from, and your plans for working with e-NABLE.

You should also spend some time learning about WikiFactory and how we came about using it as our main community communication tool. You can find a good description, and other useful information about e-NABLE here.

And it explains how you'll need to read and agree to the e-NABLE Code of Conduct in order to be approved as an official member of the e-NABLE forum.

Step 3: Building Your Phoenix Hand for Validation

The most highly recommended hand to build as a test hand is the Unlimbited Phoenix Hand (, so we will stick with that hand for this Instructable.

A big advantage of using this device as your starting point is that within Thingiverse it can be customized, then the customized printable files already sized will be emailed directly to you! (In order to do this you will need to create a Thingiverse account, so do that first).

  1. When you are on the Unlimbited Phoenix Hand page in Thingiverse, to the right there is a button called "Open in Customizer". Click that button.
  2. You will see a 3D image of the palm appear. You can look at all the other parts as well, by using the drop-down box to preview each part.
  3. Next choose whether you want to make a left or right hand.
  4. The next choice is the Printing Scale (%). Slide that to be set at 125%.
  5. Now click the button on the top right that says Create Thing.
  6. You are presented with a dialog asking you to name your creation.
  7. Unclick the "Publish New Thing" and click on the "email me when it's done".
  8. Wait for the email to arrive from Thingiverse with an attached Zip file containing all the STL printable files already sized to 125%.
  9. Unzip the file somewhere accessible to your 3D printer. All the files will be in a subdirectory called 'files'.

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    2 years ago

    Once I have the print, how do i submit it for approval to get my badge? There's a form with URL fields for evidence, but i cannot tell what angles, parts or video is needed as sufficient evidence? I assume I need to put in URLs from my github or youtube channel? Could you explain how exactly to create the evidence for the initial badge?


    Reply 2 years ago

    Hmm, you're right, this isn't very self explanatory. It's good that you have a github and youtube channel (do you?). Take some pictures of your device from, let's say, 3 different angles that show salient parts of the hand and its assembly, so the badge award team can get a good feel for your test device. Make sure the pics are from close enough that they can see the detail.

    Use a link to your github URL to the folder that holds your pics, and put that link into the evidence link on the submission page.

    If you also have a youtube channel, and a way to record video to load to there, record a video of the hand, navigating around it, pick it up and show the underside, describe anything you think might be relevant about filament type, layers, infill, etc. Put that youtube link into another of the evidence URL text boxes.
    NOTE: a video is not required but gives a much better feel for the quality of your work.

    Make sure you include (above the URL lines) the badge being requested.

    Hope this all makes more sense to you now. I'm sorry that you were feeling helpless when you got to this point.

    Reply back with any more questions.


    Question 3 years ago on Step 3

    Do I need to convert the .stl files to gcde to be able to print


    Answer 3 years ago

    Yes, as with any .stl file you will need to “slice” it first, which converts the .stl file of faces and vertices into a file that tells the printer how to move and where to deposit plastic from the extruder. These converted files contain instructions written in “gcode” thus the file name extension.
    There are numerous free “slicers “ out there that would work for you, if your printer vendor didn’t suggest one. My preference is Cura but I suggest that you look around for one that suits your needs and experience level.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank u


    4 years ago

    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:)


    4 years ago

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