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originally published: 08/18/2022

(LINCROFT, NJ) — Two Brookdale Community College Engineering the students created a prosthetic hand to qualify as a designer for e-NABLE, a national organization of volunteers who make free upper limb prostheses for people in need, especially children.

Professor of Engineering and Technology Lisa Hailey introduced the 3D printer to his students at the beginning of the semester. She offered to help them with any special projects they wanted to do. At the end of the semester, two students approached her. Both graduated in May from Brookdale’s chemical engineering program. Anjeli Santillan, who received the STEM Outstanding Student Award, will continue her studies in biomedical. Mason Brown continues his studies in chemical engineering and both transfer to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) with which Brookdale has an articulation agreement.

3D printing is a method of creating a three-dimensional object layer by layer using a computer-generated design. The students used an extrusion-based 3D printing technology called Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). Like a hot glue gun, plastic filaments (spools of plastic) run across the top, layers of plastic melting and building up to create a 3D part.

The students printed the hand in a few parts, including the palm, knuckles, and fingers.

“The process was awesome, because I got to work with one of my favorite teachers on a project that I had wanted to do since high school,” Santillan said. to pursue biomedical engineering.”

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e-NABLE is a global movement of volunteers using 3D printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those in need of upper limb assist devices. To qualify to become an ENABLE volunteer, students will present the hand they have created by video to prove that it is of excellent quality. Then they are listed as being able to make that hand. So potentially their names will be on a list, and if a child lives in Monmouth County and needs a helping hand, they can call on Santillan or Brown to create one for the child.

“As volunteer creators of e-NABLE, Mason and mine’s goal is to send working hands to children for free,” Santillan said. “With NJIT’s Makerspace, we hope to continue this volunteer work while we are at school. We also look forward to joining the Prosthetics Club, where we will design and assemble animal prostheses.”

“I hope Anjeli and Mason’s work will inspire other students at Brookdale,” Professor Hailey said.

Brookdale offers five major areas of study in its engineering program, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical.

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