New England Tech Mechanical Engineering Students Send 3D Printed Hands to Children in Rwanda

New England Tech mechanical engineer student assembling 3d printed hand for Rwanda children

Students assembling a 3D-printed hand in NEIT’s Mechanical Engineering Lab

NEIT Helps Students Create 3D Printed Hands for Children in Rwanda

The New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) Rotaract Club and Rocky Hill School’s Interact Club joined forces recently at NEIT’s East Greenwich campus to assemble fifteen 3D printed prosthetic hands that will ultimately be used by children in need in Rwanda. Five prosthetic hands will be shipped unassembled to an Interact Club in Rwanda where they will be assembled and distributed within their community.

Rocky Hill School’s Interact Community Service Club has aligned with Enable Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that connects with schools to help produce prosthetic hands produced on a 3D printer.

The hands are assembled by students and ultimately distributed to amputee children in need throughout the world.

The “raptor” hands give children the ability to grip items that dramatically changes their lives. The Interact Club and the Rotaract Club are sponsored by the East Greenwich Rotary’s New Generations program.

Instructors and students in New England Tech’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Department printed the prosthetic hand parts. Using an Objet 30 Prime Polyjet 3D printer with RGD720 Full Cure material, all of the hand parts are printed in a process that takes nearly 16 hours and costs approximately $50 in materials per hand.

The East Greenwich Rotary donated $750 towards the printing costs and secured a matching donation of $750 from a Rotary District grant. The Rocky Hill students obtained the hardware needed to assemble the hands and raised more than $1,000 to sponsor those costs.

Rotary Clubs around the globe sponsor Interact Clubs (grades 7-12) and Rotaract Clubs (college level) as a way to connect with and support students who want to give back to their communities. The program is actively involved with students at East Greenwich High School, Cole Middle School, Rocky Hill School, and New England Institute of Technology.

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