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OT 614: Intervention Across The Lifespan

3D Printing Adaptive Aids

You can read the full paper  (Nicole Gallup, Jennifer K. Bow, and Joshua M. Pearce. Economic Potential for Distributed Manufacturing of Adaptive Aids for Arthritis Patients in the U.S. Geriatrics 2018, 3(4), 89;‚Äč and download all models here.

Makers Making Change

Tips for Searching for Adaptive Technology

This semester, you will need to print an adaptive device using the 3D printers in the Collins Library Makerspace. You can choose to create your own design from scratch, but that may be a bit daunting if you don't already have experience with 3D modeling. Most groups will probably choose to find an existing design using a repository such as Thingiverse (see below for links to where to find designs).

When searching for information about creating adaptive technology, or looking for examples of 3D printed objects, you may need to be creative with your search terms. Of course searching for variations on 'adaptive' or 'assistive' will be helpful, but you may also consider including the name of the condition that may be impacting mobility (e.g 'arthritis') or the name of the aid (e.g 'button hook' or 'handle'). 

Repositories for 3D Print Models

Free 3D Modeling Software


Please visit the Makerspace Guide to learn more about the Collins Library Makerspace and the equipment, resources, and services available. 

If you need to meet outside the posted appointment times, please email and the Makerspace staff will work with you to determine if we are able to accommodate the request. 

The Makerspace in the lower level of Collins Library

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