Here’s a roundup of exciting devices that have been recently added to our Assistive Device library:

Flipper the Clipper

A finger on the purple 3d printed nail clipper

Flipper the Clipper has been a hit since getting added to our library! This device allows you to clip your nails using just one hand. This 3D printed devices folds flat and has notches for a standard nail clipper to sit in.

To use this device, first place a nail clipper onto the device notches. Hold the rounded end and lift the device off the table surface, causing the device to “flip.” Rest the device on a flat surface and start clipping.

Requiring just a single printed item and costing approximately 75 cents in materials, it’s an easy device to make.

Attribution: Designed by Nisker_ (Thingiverse) and remixed from SONOKO

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Button Toppers for Joy-Con

Assembled button toppers for joy-con

The Button Toppers for Joy-Con are a set of toppers that attach to the buttons on the Nintendo Joy-Con controller of a Nintendo Switch. They make the buttons larger and further apart to make them easier to use.

To use the button toppers, they need to be glued onto the existing buttons on the Joy-Con. This is permanent, and risks damaging the Joy-Con buttons if the toppers are removed. Once they are attached, the buttons can be used as normal.

Printing materials cost less than a dollar.

Attribution: Design by Rehab Engineering Department at Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation (SCCR); Documentation by Neil Squire Society/Makers Making Change

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Jar Lid Opener

Picture of jar lid opener being used to break seal on mason jam jar.

This device is intended for users who have difficulty removing the seal on a canned jar. This works for both mason jars as well as one piece lids.

To use the device, place the bump on the end on the lid of the jar, and place the hook under the edge of the lid. Lever the handle of the device upwards and the lid will come off.

Attribution: Design by Dylan Wieczerzak; Documentation by Neil Squire Society/Makers Making Change

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Toothpaste Squeezer

A green 3d printed Toothpaste Squeezer device slide about halfway up a tube of toothpaste.

The Toothpaste Squeezer is an inexpensive 3D-printed device that aids in the removal of toothpaste. This device may benefit those with limited hand dexterity or those who find it challenging to get the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube.

The toothpaste Squeezer is designed to work with all standard sizes of toothpaste tubes less than 60 mm in width. The tube of toothpaste is passed through a narrow slot which drives the contents toward the nozzle for easy use.

Costing about 15 cents in print materials, it’s a very inexpensive solution.

Attribution: Design by Spidersky1489; Documentation by Neil Squire / Makers Making Change

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USB Switch Tester

Photo of USB switch tester assembled with blue background.

The USB Switch Tester is a device used to test the functionality of an assistive switch with a 3.5 mm connection. This device allows the user to determine if their assistive switch is working. This device is not able to be used as a switch interface but rather lights up the red LED light if the switch is pressed and functional. The device is able to be plugged into a powered USB port to be conveniently used without the need for batteries. This is an alternative to the Simple Switch Tester design.

This device is intended to be used by users of assistive switches or disability professionals to confirm whether an assistive switch is functional.

The USB Switch Tester requires 3D printing an external shell and soldering of electrical components on a custom PCB. All electrical components are off the shelf, with the exception of the custom PCB board.

Attribution: This is a Makers Making Change original design by Milad Hajihassan and Derrick Andrews

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