5 Reasons to Donate to Form5!

form5_donation_social_1-041. Keep it rollin’

Over the last 3 years, Form5 has grown a lot! From starting out as a Blog – to learning new technology – to now leading cutting-edge research in eco-friendly prosthetics! 

With the help of Form5’s Board of Directors, our supporters, and recipients, advanced prosthetics are within reach!


2. Make it official

Form5 Prosthetics Inc. is officially a 501(c)3 non-profit organization!

Starting a non-profit is not easy and can also be quite expensive. Along with finalizing this process, we are raising funds to purchase equipment, programs, and other supplies. All donations to Form5 Prosthetics Inc. are tax-deductible. EIN #: 82-3555210


3. See it = believe it

We are scheduled to appear at more events this year, therefore, we are developing more flyers and handouts to print and give to supporters! We are also working on setting up our monthly Newsletter and will have that information out soon!


4. Bring it

Form5 spent a good part of 2017 going green – starting plastic drives, collecting plastics, & conducting research to take 3D printing prosthetics one step further!

We’re close to completing our research in creating our 3D printer filament (material) all in-house and out of recycled plastics! To create efficient and eco-friendly devices that grow with our recipients and their needs is what we’re all about!


5. Get it to recipients

We have one goal this year and it’s making more devices! We are gearing up to announce our next project and are excited to share what we have up our sleeve!



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A Year of Reform (2017)!

We’ve formed a lot over the last year; we expanded to new dimensions, set up closed-loop recycling systems, successfully made eco-friendly 3D printer material, made our first 3D printed prosthetics arm for a recipient, and became a non-profit organization along with introducing some vital board members into our movement to help propel us into the new year!

With this being said there were some pretty cool highlights of 2017 so we’ve compiled them all below for you to check out!

Form5’s Year of Reform (2017)

January 2017

Early Samples of Recycled Filament- Forming 5
Our Lab at NAPLS- Form5’s initial recycling process


February 2017

Collected over 2,000 plastic cups/lids in the 2nd phase of our project Forming 5!

March 2017

Began working with Form5’s first recipient!

April 2017


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Forming 5: Senior Seminar Presentation (April 2017) -Pictured: Aaron & Maddie

The Finishings of Forming 5

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Forming 5: Senior Seminar Presentation (April 2017)

May 2017

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The Jeffrey C. Stuart Exhibition of Finalists (May 2017)

Aaron’s High School Graduation

July 2017

Maintenance on our Ultimaker 2


August 2017

Built our own 3D printer!

Reconnected with old friends and made some new ones along the way!
Attended the annual ‘Nub Club Of Central Ohio Summer Get Together!

Form5 Presentations at the beginning of the school year! Aaron had the opportunity to speak at New Albany, Gahanna, and Westerville School Districts!


Started working with Form5’s second recipient!

November 2017- Present

Form5’s Plastic Drive at independent Antioch College (Yellow Springs, Ohio)

Form5’s first official Board meeting with directors!
Began working with Form5’s third recipient.



Making plaster molds and casts of recipients residual limb.
Speaking at Centerville Primary Village South Elementary School
Andrew with his test device before we fit him with a custom prosthesis in 2018! 

To say we’ve had an incredible year would be an absolute understatement! Everything accomplished over the last year would have not been possible without the support of so many. We are very grateful for those who continue to follow our movement, show support in our endeavors, and those who just simply reach out to acknowledge our work.

2018 holds some very monumental steps for Form5 and we look forward to not only showing you but sharing those moments with you!

Wishing you all a prosperous and enlightening New Year,

Aaron Westbrook, Founder & CEO of Form5 Prosthetics Inc.

E: aaron@form5prosthetics.org



Focuses on form

I expressed in the past few blog posts that going forward I had intended for things to settle in the fall, but I find myself overly excited for the new manifestations in Form5. Although I have been incredibly persistent to reach new heights and keep momentum, I am now at new paths of opportunity and am in awe of what is possible. The uncertainty is exhilarating more than fearful which I find peculiar. For the first time, I am seeing what is to be real change in Form5 at its foundation, aligning itself each and every step of the way!

With the process of becoming a Non-profit almost finalized Form5 will be undergoing some very exciting improvements! This solidifying our mission and how we intend to serve those with limb differences going forward. With an established board, I look forward to updating everyone on the new faces in Form5 and how they plan to shape and form our new direction. Its key to this momentum and excitement to stay focused and to follow what you feel.

We have some exciting news not only as we begin the initial stages of our newest project, but as new equipment rolls into the lab this month. Currently printing a test arm for a first grader named Andrew, who we will be fit with serval devices including a task-specific arm designed by Form5 Prosthetics Inc. over the next few months. Once everything is finalized we will be able to spread our work, connecting with more, and expanding upon our mission. During the new year, we hope to launch new services and open the door for many avenues of getting involved on the goal at hand…

Fast Company Article | October 2017

After widely-seen features on Form5 circulate the inter-webs I have been flooded with kind messages, emails, inquiries, supporters, and even potential donors. As swiftly as I can I am working towards responding back to everyone who took the time to reach out to Form5. I am so grateful to everyone who has put me where I am and continue to support my passion, my vision, and my journey. I am also busy making all future things possible and am thrilled with the feedback and the helping hands so far, and when I am closer to share more exciting news, I will.

All in great timing,

Aaron Westbrook, CEO & Founder of Form5 Prosthetics Inc.

E: aaron@form5prosthetics.org

Form5 Presentations

When school started last month I anticipated scheduling many Form5 Presentations…

Several Elementary school teachers reached out and invited me into their classrooms to share my journey and work with their students! I traveled to different school districts including my old elementary school.  I got to meet some curious and passionate Elementary students all over central Ohio who are now educated on prosthetics and how recycling can make a difference. Along the way, I was introduced and visited with some fantastic educators…

It has been super exciting sharing my work with these students and inspiring them to solve a problem they see in front of them. Anything is possible! In addition to the 3 presentations I had at New Albany Schools, I was also thrilled to branch out and speak to classes in Gahanna and Westerville school districts!

What the students enjoy most is being able to see the different devices and learning how each one works. At the end of each presentation, I leave as much time allotted to answer their very curious questions! I mainly spoke to elementary students, but have future arrangements to speak to many audiences! I look forward to continuing growing and sharing Form5’s narrative!

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A common theme amongst each presentation is how students can get involved in Form5

Students also love to see the process and research I have been pioneering with recycling plastics and 3D printing. As I went back to speak to teachers I have visited before, many asked about my agenda for cup collection this year. It wasn’t something I have been too focused on but is something I hope grows into a large part of what sustains Form5. Several teachers have asked about Form5 boxes and how they can incorporate collecting plastics into their classrooms.

Now that we are a non-profit organization, “Form5 Prosthetics Inc.” and we are well along the way with that process I hope soon to announce more information how everyone can get involved in Form5’s mission!


Big things ahead,

Aaron Westbrook, CEO & Founder of Form5 Prosthetics Inc.

E: aaron@form5prosthetics.org

Say Cello to Tate



Pictured: Tate, Aaron, & Jordan


As summer wrapped up and school began, I was in contact with Patti, the creator of the Nub Club of Central Ohio. I met Patti and her family through my 8th Grade History teacher whose kids also go to school in the same area. After meeting Patti 4 years ago, I was, for the first time connected to a community of people like myself! Thus launching what Form5 was previously called, “Alive With Five”.

Patti reached out to me last month regarding how her son,  Tate has the option to take orchestra in 5th Grade at Wilson Hill Elementary School. Tate is already musically inclined with playing guitar and piano for over two years. Tate recently decided to quit piano and try orchestra this year, leading him to try playing the Cello!

First Test Hand | Ultimaker 2

I have seen e-Nable work done with musical instruments before and was fortunate to find open-source files on Thingiverse (Link) to make Tate his very own Cello Prosthetic device for Orchestra.

After making two test hands and figuring out how the bow fits into the device, I knew this project would be overall quite simple. I did have to make some slight modifications to provide stability to the device and ensure it fit Tate’s residual limb comfortably. Tate requested the device be printed in black filament and I saw this as a perfect opportunity to dial in my new 3D printer; completing the entire project.


Tate Cello Hand Modified | CR-10 S5


Tate’s mom, Patti, never voiced any concern on how Tate would play the cello, but rather had the same approach as I; “how can we make this work for Tate”!  Form5 is honored to have provided this for Tate and to show him that despite having a limb difference anything is possible! Tate has obviously figured out how to play guitar and piano with one hand and I’m sure Cello will be no challenge at all. Looking forward to seeing and hearing him play!

I finished printing and assembling Tate’s final device today and look forward to giving it to him soon 🙂

Be sure to follow our social media pages for frequent updates!



Big things ahead,

Aaron Westbrook, CEO & Founder of Form5 Prosthetics

E: aaron@form5prosthetics.org

The Finishings of Forming 5

Upon giving Maddie her arm, I couldn’t have been in more of a state of complete content and euphoria. The project I produced and executed has provided not only myself with many new opportunities, but an amazing little girl received an awesome gift.

Once putting all recycling research on hold for the third phase of Forming 5, I immediately began working on fabricating and completing Maddie’s arm! Along with wrapping up Forming 5 I also made the next steps in repairing my extruder to return to the research I am trying to achieve. After reaching out to Filabot with some questions in March, they randomly and zealously donated to Form5 a brand new Filabot spooler to give us all the equipment we need to return conducting research with making our own filament. In addition, my advisor Keith and I planned on sending the extruder back for repair.

In early May, weeks after presenting and gifting Maddie her arm, our project Forming 5  was chosen as a finalist for the Jeffery C. Stuart’s Exhibition of Finalists! Our project, among five other strong finalists ranging from inventions, internships, and clothing IMG_5335lines for special needs children. I had the honor of presenting Forming 5 in front of my graduating class and the juniors to show them in-depth about my Senior Seminar project and the opportunities I formed for Maddie!

On display, out in the lobby of the theatre was my Filabot Extruder and onstage I had cups, plastic mulch, and filament samples to show the Forming 5 process. In addition, I produced a detailed slide-deck with pictures and explanations of how I formed 5 fingers for Maddie. I closed with a video that contains detailed footage and photos that cover the many aspects of our project, Forming 5!

Judges consisted of administration of my school, community members, and former teachers deliberated after watching all the finalists, they returned and awarded Forming 5 project of the year!

In recent weeks, we have been in communication with Filabot and our spooler should arrive in the next couple of weeks, following it our fixed extruder as well.

Filabot featured Form5 Prosthetics on their blog last week:


Form5 is incredibly grateful for our growing partnership with Filabot and look forward to the things we form together in the future! We are excited to continue sharing our next adventure in this amazing journey! Form5 has some exciting news to share this summer and in the next upcoming weeks. We plan to be quite active on our next steps towards creating eco-friendly prosthetics!

Keep following the movement!


Big things ahead,

Aaron Westbrook, CEO & Founder of Form5 Prosthetics

E: aaron@form5prosthetics.org


Forming 5: Maddie

It has been a little over a month since 7-year old Maddie received a life-changing prosthetic device from Form5! We are very honored and excited to continue working with Maddie to continue creating many more opportunities! Everything below is a summary of the last few weeks in the third phase of our project Forming 5…

After Maddie left the Form5 offices at the end of March, I discovered our first design challenge when the length of the tricep cuff (pictured above) was too far from the cup piece that cradles her limb difference. This prevented Maddie from fully getting a grip on the device in order for it to function. This device, very similar to mine, the RIT Arm works by residual elbow movement. So when Maddie moves her elbow and pulls tension on the several strings tied to the fingers, they open/close! This test arm also provided many other key details in fabricating Maddie’s final arm!

When fitting Maddie that day I made some modifications on the spot but anticipated the whole part to be modified for her small forearm to fit into the cup piece properly and comfortably. After spending several months before and during Forming 5, I had become more familiar with the program TinkerCAD. Using this software to not only fix the tricep cuff but to make further adjustments to Maddie’s arm to enhance her reqIMG_4617uest.

Maddie requested her arm to be Panda themed and did not specify much anymore after that which fortunately allowed me to become more creative with my first recipient. After shortening the distance between the cup piece and the tricep cuff, I used TinkerCAD to make a panda face in the cup piece. Three inserts were created; two eyes, and a nose. These were printed in black to contrast the white cup piece to create the Panda face! These three pieces pop into the cup piece and can be taken out for play. Maddie actually lost some so Form5 sent some more that her dad has permanently glued in! I also used a 3D pen to complete the design with a simple mouth.

Forming 5 had a deadline of April 12th and with that Maddie needed to receive her prosthetic. After many delays, obstacles, and uphill climb with time, Maddie’s arm was completed April 12th 8:00 am and gifted to her that day during my final presentation that afternoon. The box for Maddie’s final arm was also entirely panda themed thanks to some amazing girls in one of my classes! The weeks leading up to my presentation brought lots of tribulations with 3D printing rapidly and beating the odds of many power outages. I am known for pushing the envelope with my work, but never have I pushed a deadline so close! I couldn’t be more proud of the outcome of my presentation and the opportunity Form5 has presented for Maddie! Thank you, everyone, who helped form 5 fingers for sweet Maddie!

Watch Maddie’s story and project Forming 5 covered by local news network…

10TV News: High School senior finds way to build customized prosthetic limbs


Big things ahead,

Aaron Westbrook, CEO & Founder of Form5 Prosthetics

E: aaron@form5prosthetics.org

A year of Reform!

In the beginning of 2016,  the blog I started in 2013 “Alive With Five” completely transformed in unimaginable ways. Within this change in movement, a new direction was taken to ensure the sustainability and overall purpose of our efforts as a whole. Out of this period of change, we not only adopted our new name, but we also began to reform our vision. Now known as “Form5 Prosthetics” we have started the next chapter of Form5 which is to provide eco-friendly prosthetic solutions.  In recent discoveries of recycling and extruding plastics into 3D printer filament, we can now create extremely low-cost efficient prosthetics for all. In addition this year, we launched our biggest project yet, “Forming 5” to initialize Form5’s goal of going green and saving the environment as we head towards the new year!

We have big plans for this upcoming year such as: establishing Form5 Prosthetics as a Non-Profit Organization, fabricating/completing the first eco-friendly 3D printed prosthetic (Project: Forming 5), and also drafting and experimenting with our first prosthetics designs in 2017 as well. In addition, we look forward to making several devices over the summer for those in our local limb difference chapter.

We are extremely grateful for the support from everyone who has followed our story and continues to watch not only the differences being made in Form5’s foundation but the difference we’re going to make in the not so distant future! Going forward please continue following and supporting our movement through our social media (@form5prosthetics) and our website!

Remember change isn’t out of your hand(s),

Aaron Westbrook, CEO & Founder of Form5 Prosthetics
E: aaron@form5prosthetics.org


Below is a review in photos of all we have accomplished in 2016:

TEDx New Albany Acceptance -January 8th, 2016
Rebranded to “Form5” – February 23rd, 2016

Columbus CEO Magazine Feature – March 2nd, 2016

TEDx New Albany Event – April 2nd, 2016

Printed and worked with the “Unlimbted Arm” and learned how to thermoform plastic parts – June 10, 2016

Initial meeting with 7-year-old Maddie who will be receiving Form5’s first eco-friendly prosthetic in Febuary (2017)! – June 26, 2016

Kickstarter Launch – June 7, 2016

Nub Club Summer Meetup – July 17th, 2016

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Failed Kickstarter 🙁 – August 12, 2016

Senior Seminar Project: “Forming 5” – Launched October 1, 2016

Rochester Institute of Technology College Visit/e-Nable Collaborations – December 1, 2016

Forming 5 Article – December 7th 2016

We look forward to what we will conquer in 2017!

Thank You!