Smart International Company, following a permit from Eastman Kodak, has declared it will be backing e-NABLE Medellin’s work in Colombia. This is by giving 3D printing materials, hardware, and technical assistance. e-NABLE Medellin, is a Colombian subsidiary of the leading e-NABLE organization.
The subsidiary endeavors to give free prosthetic hands to those in need and will use Smart International’s KODAK Portrait 3D printer. This will help e-NABLE Medellin to attain its intention of donating about 35 prosthetics and assistive machines before the year ends.
Prosthetics have high demand in Colombia. This South American nation is the second mine-affected nation in the universe. It has more than 11, 700 landmine sufferers. However, prosthetics, have turned out to be costly and unavailable to most people. This is not only in Colombia but also across the world and this has inspired initiatives like e-NABLE.
e-NABLE Medellin is based in Colombia and has the resources to make a cost-effective prosthetic in two weeks. To date, the e-NABLE team that consists of volunteers, doctors, and engineers has distributed 55 3D printed assistive machines.
Since it has the new Kodak Portrait 3D printer included in its fleet, the NGO expects to print more to satisfy the market. For example, in 2020, the NGO intends to make as several as sixty prosthetics.
Actually, the 3D printer provided by Smart International will enable the NGO to print more prosthetics. It will also allow e-NABLE to print with a wide variety of materials.
Speaking in a press release, e-NABLE Medellin founder, Adam Armfield, had this to say; “e-NABLE Medellin is thrilled to be working with Smart International,” said Adam Armfield, founder of e-NABLE Medellin.
“Having the KODAK Portrait 3D Printer means that we will now be able to explore using engineering materials to improve our prosthetics, and the alliance will allow us to continue to innovate and help those in need.” He added.
“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to work with e-NABLE Medellin and support them in their ongoing, innovative, work to bring prosthetics to those in need. The e-NABLE Medellin team has a strong commitment to 3D printing research and development, and Smart International are excited to assist them in producing some remarkable new technologies.” CEO of Smart International, Roberto Gawianski explained.
The partnership will see e-NABLE Medellin establish a Technology and Youth leadership program for youths of Colombia. “We are currently forming a Technology and Youth leadership program that will offer some of Colombia’s most disadvantaged and bright students the opportunity to help build a brighter future for Colombia. Our mission is to show these youths how digital fabrication technology can be used to make impactful and long-lasting changes in health, education and society. The KODAK 3D Printer will help us achieve this.” As Armfield commented.