3D Printed Low Tech Assistive Devices Kit
Why we made this kit:
This kit is an introduction to 3D printing devices. It is great for OT’s, Not For Profits, or Users who want to trial a few different devices. The assorted devices in this kit can be used for people of all ages. These devices can be altered by size, and colour giving the user flexibility for the devices to be a fit for them.
What is included:
- Bottle opener– This device provides a large gripping surface and clamps onto the caps of standard water bottles with a small squeeze, allowing users to remove or screw on water bottle caps.
- Key turner– Users loop their finger through the hole and twist to lock and unlock doors with minimal wrist movement. The large key bed can accommodate various shape of key heads.
- Pen ball– The pen ball makes it easier to grip a pen, pencil, or other writing utensils. *See sizing guide at the bottom*
- Palm pen– Users can gently curl their fingers around a handle to hold it securely or hook their thumb around the writing utensil *See sizing guide at the bottom *
- Tube Opener – A tool used to help open small lids for anyone that has difficulty gripping and twisting the caps.
- Signature Guard -Aid that helps people to write on a specific spot for purposes such as writing a name, signature, or initials.
- Bag Carrier– Can assist people with arthritis or other disabilities to carry plastic bags and other grocery bags. * See sizing guide *
Assistive Switches Kit
Switches are assistive devices used by people with limited dexterity. They can be used for many purposes including accessing phones, computers, TV set top boxes, adapted toys, and appliances.
Switches can also be used for adaptive gaming, which levels the playing field for gamers with disabilities. The switches in this kit are compatible with the Xbox Adaptive Controller and PC gaming on Windows 10 (click here for an XAC setup tutorial). External devices such as switches, buttons, mounts and joysticks can be arranged in a way to meet the needs of the gamer making it uniquely theirs. Adaptive gaming allows the user to completely individualize their gaming setup.
The Adaptive Switches Kit is composed of 5 switches:
- 1 x raindrop switch– Low force switch well-suited for use by a finger or head
- 1 x light touch switch – Low force switch well-suited for use by a finger.
- 1 x interact switch – Medium force switch that is activated through applying pressure on the top surface.
- 2 x round flexure switch – Medium force switch that is activated through applying pressure on the top surface.
All devices are 3D printed and made by volunteer makers in Canada and the US at one of our build events.
3D Printed Educational Devices Kit
The 3D Printed Educational Devices kit contains devices that help people with disabilities with activities of daily living and learning. These devices assist people with arthritis, limited finger exterity or other disabilities. This kit gives schools a great introduction into the world of 3D printed Assistive Technology (AT).
Pen Ball Allows for easier grip of a pen, pencil, maker, smart board pen for someone who has difficulty in holding the devices directly.
Palm Pen Holder The palm pen holder allows users to gently curl their fingers around a handle to hold it securely or hook their thumb around the writing utensil. This 3D Printed Assistive Device has a large hole that can accommodate various writing tools width. This device is useful for those who have some grip and strength in their fingers.
Dyslexia Bar Flat The dyslexia bar is a tool that isolates text on a page so readers can focus on reading one or two lines at a time. This reading bar can be used on flat documents and sheets of paper.
Dice Spinner The switch activated dice spinner utilizes a hobby motor, battery holder, and jack along with a couple 3d printed parts and a clear plastic cup to make any dice game more accessible. It is an easy toy to make that allows children to roll the dice in an alternative way.
Round Flexure Switch The switch is activated by applying pressure on the top surface. This switch can be connected to any standard AT interface, and can also be used with the Xbox Adaptive Controller. The kit contains different colours and textures of interchangeable button tops.
Bottle Opener The bottle opener is a low-cost, 3D-printed handheld tool that assists people with arthritis, limited finger dexterity or other disabilities to open standard water bottle caps. This 3D Printed Assistive Device provides a large gripping surface and clamps onto the caps of standard water bottles with a small squeeze, allowing users to remove or screw on water bottle caps.
Key Turner The key turner is a low-cost, 3D-printed handheld tool for people with arthritis or other disabilities to operate their keys. Users loop their finger through the hole and twist to lock and unlock doors, lockers with minimal wrist movement.
Total time to print this kit is 16 hours.
Feel like there is something missing from the kit that can aid a student in school tasks please check out the website for other devices. Do you have an idea of a new device that can assist students? Submit an idea.
Low Tech AT Kit
The Low Tech AT Kit is composed of simple 3D-printed devices from the Makers Making Change Open Source Assistive Technology Library. The kit can help individuals with arthritis, finger and hand dexterity issues, etc. with daily tasks.
Contents of a Makers Making Change Low Tech AT Kit include:
• Key Turner
• Palm Pen Holder
• Ball Pen Holder
• Bottle Opener
• Nail Clipper Holder