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.


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.


Forming 5: Phase Two

Cup Collection Update #2:

Over the past month, I have seen Form5 grow in great measures all across the board! Form5 cup collection has increased weekly, now only 55 cups away from 1,000! At the end of October our cup count was around 350 cups and in 3 weeks we increased by 600 cups. This proves  this movement of ours is beginning to grow. During the month October I integrated “Form5 classroom boxes” for New Albany High School teachers to adopt in their classrooms. In addition, I collect cups from roughly 10 “Form5 Classroom Boxes” along with making my normal rounds to the 10 “Form5 Hallways boxes”. With this rather timely process, I have had great support from my teachers and friends who have helped collect and donate cups! I could not have done this project without the support of my NAHS peers. Now reaching almost the 1,000 cup mark (944 cups as of 11/17/16) I am beginning to reform and re-evaluate the cup collection system and have made the decision to assemble a team to collect cups at the end of every school day. This new system will be in effect December 1st. In the New Year and upon the second semester of school I will access continuing cup collection for Form5 Prosthetics. I encourage those  interested in volunteering to please reach out to Form5 directly, we appreciate your support to our growing movement!

Form5 going Green:

The month of December will be a big month for Form5 as we begin to unravel the second phase of our project, Forming 5. After the donation of funds to purchase a Filament Extruder we began researching to select the best extruder. In doing so Form5 has formed an amazing friendship with extruder company, Filabot, who has supported us in many ways. In addition, Filabot has donated 3 spools of 3D printer filament to Form5 and our R&D of new prosthetics. Our Filabot (Filament Extruder) was delivered on November 17th and we began mapping out the next steps of Forming 5! Now having a Filabot in our hands we can begin recycling the 944 plastic cups we have collected over the past two months into 3D printer filament. After doing some calculations which will be released in December, I estimate Form5 will not have to purchase any filament for the next year! These cups have recently been relocated and stored in Form5 Prosthetics new “makerspace” as we prepare for Form 5’s immense growth in the new year! Form5 has also continued working work Commercial Vehicle Group engineer, Keith Overton who has donated and electric chipper to begin breaking down the plastic cups. This phase of Forming 5 will be documented regularly through social media and I encourage everyone to follow our movement on Twitter and Instagram (@form5prosthetics)! It is amazing to think that 3 months ago I believe this project was impossible because of a failed Kickstarter. I was quick to remember not to doubt myself, but to never doubt the amazing opportunities Form5 Prosthetics and our movement continue to provide. We look forward to where Form5 is headed and sharing with you every step of the way!

As always I assure you Form5 is in good hand(s),

Aaron Westbrook, CEO & Founder of Form5 Prosthetics


Below are photos from our current project Forming 5: