Drexel Dragon Claws is a graduate student-run organization that provides free 3D printed task-specific devices to upper-limb amputation patients in the Greater Philadelphia area. Drexel Dragon Claws is a recognized chapter of the e-NABLE community, a global network of volunteers who create free 3D printed upper-limb prosthetics for patients in need of assistive devices.
Why do we do It?
Patients in need of prosthetic devices have limited options due to high prosthetic device costs and limited insurance coverage. Pediatric patients, in particular, require frequent fitting and resizing, which exacerbates the cost barrier. Using 3D printing, we can offer an affordable and accessible option for these patients.
What have we done?
Last year, we developed a device for a local child who wanted to play the violin but was unable to hold the bow due to a congenital reduction in his right hand. Our team collaborated with the patient and his music teacher to test multiple prototypes until the optimal device was created in time for his spring concert. Our project was recently featured in a local news segment.
Why do we need your help?
As word of our group has spread, additional patients have reached out to us with similar requests for personalized prosthetic devices. Unfortunately, we can only accommodate two new patients at a time due to our limited printing resources. As a self-funded team, we are asking for support so we can expand our free services to additional patients.
The single personal printer we currently use is unable to meet the growing volume of work that comes with each new patient. The funds we raise will be used to purchase an additional 3D printer and the necessary materials to develop assistive devices for the increasing number of patients.
Every donation counts! Your contribution will help bring independence and hope to patients and their families.
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