As you know, e-NABLE began a mere six years ago here in Rochester.  It’s now a global movement of volunteers using 3D printing technologies to design, fabricate and deliver free prosthetic hands and arms for children.  Thousands of volunteers in over 80 countries have designed dozens of freely-sharable designs, fabricated thousands of prosthetic devices and enriched thousands of lives.  (The links in the last sentence take you to pages in our new Enable Atlas. You might also want to visit e-NABLE’s brand new workspace,

Two years ago, a new chapter began when Skip Meetze and I moved our lab from RIT to Vertus High School.  We created a small non-profit and recruited a 20 year old Honduran university who founded that country’s-NABLE chapter, to mentor young men of color in the fine arts of problem-solving, device-making, community service, and social entrepreneurship.  (We recently made a 90-second video about their great work and brilliant futures.

This week, Melvin (now on the Dean’s list at RIT) gets on an airplane to bring our latest and greatest innovations, fabricated by our trainees, to amputees of all ages in Honduras. The rest of us will be presenting a customized Incredible Hulk arm to 9 year old Shane and visit his class in Penn Yan.

On May 1, we will be celebrating an award at a fund-raising dinner for Rochester Global Connections.

Later in May, I set out to tell the e-NABLE story at Re:Publica
in Berlin
and at a Singularity University workshop in Bangkok.

And this summer, the lab at Vertus will be joined by a new batch of young trainees who will be coached by two of their predecessors, a new mentor, two international interns, and Vertus physics teacher Andrea Santiago-Boyd, who will be making 3D-printing and prosthetics a part of the mainstream Vertus curriculum next year.

To make a long and implausible story short, a movement that began in Rochester six years ago continues to branch, astonish, inspire, and engage.  I am grateful to be working with you, and want to thank you one more time for your support.