Cup Collection #3:
After what has felt like a marathon of a month, December has much more in store for our growing movement, Form5 Prosthetics! Last week, (the first week back from Thanksgiving break) we integrated our official cup collecting team which collects and cleans our cups at the end of every school day. This month, I am beginning to recycle the cups into plastic mulch and later extrude the recycled plastic into 3D printer filament with our new Filabot equipment. In November, I presented my past and current projects to two New Albany Elementary classes and taught the kids the importance of staying curious, and staying creative. As the month came to a close I am now in the hardest stage of the second phase of our project “Forming 5”. This requires not only moving Form5 to the next level but a new mindset of my own as well. As Form5 continues to grow in many new directions our current cup count is increasing weekly, now estimating 1,500 cups by the end of this week. Also, I have begun the many line-ups of media interviews for our project and as they roll out I will be posting them on our social media (@form5prosthetics)!
Forming 5 at RIT:
Now turning my focus from cups to prosthetic R&D, I had the amazing opportunity to tour the college, Rochester Institute of Technology this past weekend. R.I.T. being one of the starting points of partnering organization, e-Nable and their large online community of prosthetic developers who provide open-source 3d prosthetic designs. I had the amazing opportunity to meet those who founded the so-called, “3d printing prosthetic movement”. Over the weekend I had the experience to work and collaborate with them on future projects! In addition to my trip to Rochester, I have been conducting many research components required for my senior seminar project. All current research has been on the evolution and growth in the prosthetic industry and I later plan to document in depth my plastic research which will include several experiments. After collaborating and working with e-Nable for the past three years, I finally met the founder and epitome of redefining the prosthetic industry, Jon Schull. Jon, Skip, and I met on the first day I arrived and immediately began discussing various topics which then lead to some prosthetic prototypes later in the weekend. When working with Skip Meetze, e-Nable volunteer and retired engineer I learned not only engineering insight but knowledge of the reforming prosthetic industry. Skip and I spent the weekend working with the newly developed “Gripper Arm”, which was a part of a research project conducted by two R.I.T students. The “Rwanda Team” consists of two students, Ken & Laura who are designing and working on creating a prosthetic to give to an individual in Rwanda. One of many devices they are studying is the “Gripper arm”, which is the device I ended up building hands-on at R.I.T with Skip. The “gripper arm” is essentially a concept design of a “helper arm”, that requires little to not training in function. As Skip and I both put our heads together we became more aware of the similar problems we both face as “makers”. Students, Ken & Laura were able to analyze my movement and adaptability with my new “Gripper arm” and will continue to collaborate and discuss the device as they prepare to leave for Rwanda! The time I spent in the lab was very beneficial and the creativity is endless! Overall, I learned and experienced some amazing opportunities this past weekend and gained so much knowledge on not only how I will be conducting “Forming 5”, but future Form5 projects.
“When the journey provides reassurance, strive with excellence”
As always I assure you Form5 is in good hand(s),
Aaron Westbrook, CEO and Founder of Form5 Prosthetics
Below are photos from our current project Forming 5: