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 has rapidly become 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 is mentoring 7 Vertus Techs from the summer training program to produce 50 Re-NABLE Gripper Thumb hands for a November field trial that Prashant will conduct in India with mentorship from Jon and design contributions from Skip.  Research, development, and stewardship of the global e-NABLE movement continues apace.

Organizational

Rochester Enable Limited is a New York State domestic not-for-profit corporation established in 2017.

Board of Directors

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