History

In the Spring of 2013, Jon Schull Founded e-NABLE:  a network of volunteers creating free open-source 3D printed prosthetics for children and underserved populations.  He was soon joined by Skip Meetze, a retired Human Factors Engineer.   e-NABLE became a global movement with chapters in over 80 countries.  The Rochester e-NABLE Lab (Re-NABLE) is one of those chapters.

In January 2017,   Schull and Meetze moved their lab from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to  Vertus High School, where they were generously offered a Makerspace with 3D printers to continue a summer workshop collaboration (see:  USA Today, Students’ summer job: Making prosthetic hands.).    In the Spring of 2017, they used residual funding from Schull’s JMK Innovation Prize Fellowship to employ a few of these students to accelerate the development of Skip Meetze’s Gripper Thumb hand.

In the Summer of 2017, the lab hosted two interns (Melvin Cruz, Founder of e-NABLE Guala Honduras, and Prashant Gade, Founder of Inali Foundation Jaipuhr India).  Melvin significantly upgraded the lab and the instructional program for two cohorts of trainees who learned the craft and customized and delivered three devices for three amputees in Honduras (video).

In the Fall of 2017, Melvin mentored  7 Vertus Techs from the summer training program to produce 50 Re-NABLE Gripper Thumb hands for a November field trial Prashant  conducted in India with mentorship from Jon and design contributions from Skip.

Summer 2018 we worked with two wonderful interns.  Miguel Rivera who developed a new elbow, and Chang Liu, a  prosthetics graduate student from the University of Strathclyde with whom we developed some new socketing techniques.  Jon and Melvin also went to  Honduras to pilot a e-NABLE learning hands program with  new partner Matt Campana, whose company Corporate Motivation runs an e-NABLE-inspired Hands of Gratitude Program.  Jon also spoke at conferences in France and New York.

Highlights of Fall 2018 included Jon’s speaking engagements at the Moscow MakerFaire, Construct3D in Georgia, and St. Bonaventure University, the emergence of Western New York Enable, the lab’s  appearance at the Rochester MakerFaire, and the debut of The e-NABLE Atlas at e-NABLE.org.  Research, development, and stewardship of the global e-NABLE movement continues apace through further development of Skip Meetze’s adjustowrap arm and Gripper Hand (now in use on 3 continents),  consulting on a new e-NABLE Chapter in Uttar Pradesh India, and through administration of the community-governed EnableFund.

Organizational

Rochester Enable Limited is a New York State domestic not-for-profit corporation established in 2017.  Its mission is to support the Rochester Enable Lab at Vertus High School, and to advance the global e-NABLE movement.

Board of Directors

Jon Schull
President
Skip Meetze
Vice-President
Steve Mooney
Secretary
Martin Presberg
Secretary