You make amazing designs — and if they are catalogued, volunteers across the world could use, learn from, and build on your work. Jen Owen is generously leading the endeavor to catalogue e-NABLE projects on her site, enablingthefuture.org. Upon inquiry, she listed five simple steps that any volunteer designer can take to get started:
1. Have a link to the device files where people can download and print them that I can link to from the devices page.
2. They have to have a few recipients who have used them and who have given feedback and that it has been used and made by a few members of the community who are also using them on recpients.
3. They need to have an instruction video tutorial on how to put it together and assemble it – or else I will end up with an email inbox full of messages asking me to tell them “what they are doing wrong” or “why doesn’t this work” or “am I doing it right?” and I have no idea as I am not the designer. 🙂
4. They have to make some kind of instructable or something with step by step written info on how to best print, make a list of materials used and where to find the parts, etc so that again – I am not tasked with answering emails that I have no answers for.
5. Have photos and or video of recipients using the device so we can see that it is actually functional.
Here are a few more tips to keep in mind. To submit, email email@example.com.
• Be an open source design and uploaded somewhere like Thingiverse, Pinshape etc.
• Have documented recipients as beta testers who have given feedback.
• Have written and video tutorial instructions on how to assemble their design – step by step from start to finish.
• Include their “story” – who they are, where they are located, if it was a group design, how many recipients have tested it etc.
• Include which design they based it off of (if it is an updated or improved design) or if they created their design from scratch.
• Share how it works (wrist driven? Elbow? Myo? Above elbow? attach to traditional devices? etc)
• Include images and videos of it functioning so that people can see how it works (and that it does work)
• Include if this is a design that they want others to try to improve or if they want to have them collaborate on improvements with them.
• Designs do not have to be hands. They can be tools for specific tasks (holding a bike handle, sports equipment, musical instruments etc)