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About Us . How we Work.

More about our team, our methods and what we created to develop and print and offer better prosthetics to applicants.

Who is “team Gre-Nable.fr” ?

The team was originally created around three makers, all driven by the same willingness to provide functional solutions to prosthesis applicants. Then other makers, approved by e-Nable France, joined our dynamic team.

Marie Laure

Marie Laure

Associate Professor

Marie-Laure is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She teaches at the Engineering Institute ‘Grenoble-INP Génie Industriel‘.

Patrick

Patrick

Retired & Geek

Patrick spends his free time creating websites, hacking electronic modules and creating prosthetics for e-Nable community (3Dprinting and CAD design).

Younès

Younès

Research & Training Associate

Younès is research and training associate by the Ampère Laboratory at University Lyon1.
Tom

Tom

Student at Bath University (UK) Engineering Dept.

Tom spent a semester in Grenoble Engineering Institute (INPG). Working at the same qualifying project with Phil. Tom is fully accountable with the improvements brought to the prosthesis.

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Philippe

Philippe

Researcher & Professor

Philippe is Senior Lecturer and Professor specialized in product design at Grenoble-INP Industrial Engineering (Engineering Institute).

Fabien

Fabien

Mechanical Engineer & PHD

Fabien joined the group after a PhD in mechanics, specialized in friction and acoustics. He is passionate about the field of prosthetics and works to make them more accessible to people who need them.

Phil

Phil

Student of Bath University(UK), Engineering Dept.

Phil spent a semester in Grenoble Engineering Institute (INPG). As a qualifying project, he was involved in improving a myolectric prosthesis hand.  He and his friend Tom made incredible innovations on kinetic, material research and electronic domains.

Matching, Analysis

The matching process between a prosthesis applicant and our team is made by the association e-Nable.fr depending on the geographical location where the applicant lives and the short-term availability of the team. Our team organization makes it easier to work on several projects at the same time, thanks to the sharing of tasks and resources between the team members.

Once matched with the recipient, the team will set an interview to refine all measurements (previously sent), to perform a cast and / or a scan of the arm. The discussion between the team and the beneficiary makes it possible to define which type of hand will be chosen and to envision the adaptation works to be specifically done.

In addition, fortunatelly in Grenoble, we have developed fruitfull relationships with the medical community (mainly in the orthopedic sector) with whom we collaborate on specific cases.

Adjustment & Development

Depending on the kind of support for the prosthesis (carp or forearm) and its general appearance, we study whether to use a standard e-Nable hand (like the Phoenix model) or whether to adapt it with a special designed receiver derived from the molding of the carp and its 3D representation after scanning.
The development is then realized in shared mode </ em> thanks to a very sophisticated and powerful web-application for CAD, freely available from the editor for the makers ( Onshape.com < / em>).
Several releases are often necessary to achieve an operational solution. Each release is usually printed to validate the CAD model in collaboration with the recipient. It is improved when necessary to obtain the prosthesis really fitting the need and the morphology of the concerned person.

Delivery, Joy of Offering

At the end of several prototypes, the final release which integrates all the remarks from the beneficiary is delivered to him. During this event, it is a real moment full of emotion and joy shared by everyone.
A follow-up is carried out with the wearer of the prosthesis to know if the prosthesis fulfills its role, if it will require further evolutions or repairs.
Paired children are guaranteed to receive new prostheses during their growing, always via the e-Nable France association .

OUR LAST PROJECTS

Our Printers and Partners

Members of team Gre-Nable.fr are also members of the charity organization (e-Nable France) and are full active members of the unique Grenoble’s hackerspace : Open Laboratory Grenoblois (a.k.a LOGre).

LOGre, as a hackerspace, is to say an association welcoming everybody intersted into technological diversions and DoItYourself of all kinds : electronics, mechanics, ecology, laser cutting, 3D printing, software and product design. Everything designed is by evidence freely available and published under the ” open source ” concept. Among all the projects initiated and carried out within the association, a major one was the design and manufacturing of a 3D printer (a.k.a LOGresse). In just a few years, the printer was built to more than 90 units, including foreign makers who also brought their personal touches to the basic model. That project naturally brought us together and motivated to join the worldwide charity movement “enablingthefuture.

We are continuing to develop this printer and the production files, published according to the Open RepRap concept, can be downloaded from the association’s wiki, and whose CAD design files are available on the Onshape.com website.

Our hands and arms that we print are directly produced with this “handmade” printer.

 

The “Green Show” made by Philippe in dual extruders configuration

The “Blue” release made by

Marie Laure

 

The “Silver Shadow” made by Patrick in its winter house.

 

Our Partners’ Logos

 

 

FREQUENT ASK QUESTIONS

Quel type de prothèse offrez-vous ?
Nous fabriquons et offrons des prothèses pour les membres supérieurs (mains et avant-bras + mains). Nous sommes désolés de ne pouvoir apporter de solutions pour les membres inférieurs qui nécessitent des équipements agréés car supportant le poids du corps.
Quel est le processus pour obtenir une prothèse ?
Le dossier pour l’acceptation du projet, la mise en relation entre un bénéficiaire et le maker, le suivi du projet et la bonne fin concrétisée par la livraison de la prothèse, sont gérés par l’association e-Nable.fr. Il suffit donc de s’inscrire (simplement remplir un formulaire) sur le site d’e-Nable France.
Quelle est la durée d'attente pour obtenir une prothèse ?
Si le besoin de prothèse peut être réalisé par un modèle de référence (main de type Phoenix ou bras Unlimbited Arm), la réalisation de la prothèse sera relativement rapide, dès que le bénéficiiare sera mis en ralation avec le maker choisi par e-Nable France. Si le besoin implique un développement spécifique, cela peut être plus long, mais l’attente est récompensée par une prothèse unique qui satisfera toutes les contraintes du projet.
Est-ce gratuit ?
Oui, c’est entièrement gratuit pour le bénéficiaire.
Team Gre-Nable conçoit, imprime, ajuste et offre la prothèse dans le cadre de son engagement de solidarité envers ceux qui ont besoin de la main qui leur manque.
Quelle relation avec mon ergothérapeute ?
Ce n’est nullement obligatoire, mais notre expérience vécue avec des ergothérapeutes grenoblois, démontre la complémentarité des expertises et leur collaboration débouche vers une amélioration de la compréhension des problématiques et des solutions qui les résolvent.

Les statistiques le montrent, chaque année, en France, plus de trois cent enfants naissent avec une agénésie (un membre qui ne s’est pas formé complètement avant la naissance).
Nous offrons également des mains aux victimes d’amputation suite à des accidents ou des complications chirurgiclaes, enfants ou adultes.

Nous utilisons les meilleures technologies pour concevoir les prothèses (Conception assistée par ordinateur),  pour l’impression 3D avec des fibres souples ou dures. Consultez notre section blog dans laquelle nous détaillons nos travaux, nous expliquons nos inventions et améliorations.

Les enfants grandissent et leur appareils doivent être renouvelés tous les 12 à 18 mois. Pour ceux qui conserveront l’habitude d’utiliser leurs prothèses, nous les assisterons durant leurs croissances en leur offrant de nouvelles versions bénéficiant du dernier état de la technologie.

Ce n’est pas obligatoire, mais les bénéficiaires peuvent également faire des dons à l’association e-Nable.fr, qui redistribuera sous forme de filament brut pour l’impression 3D, ou d’autres produits, aux makers méritants.

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