- This UK charity set up by Stephen Davies and Drew Murray designs and manufactures 3D assisted devices for people without a forearm, and it’s all for free
- The two men’s Team UnLimbited’s first recipient was a 9-year-old girl named Isabella
- Their designs are open source and to date have been used in over 50 countries by more than 18,000 children and adults
Team UnLimbited is a UK charity which provides free 3D prosthetics for children who are born without hands and arms.
On their about page on Facebook, they shared: “We are Team UnLimbited, a UK charity that designs and manufactures 3D assisted devices for people without a forearm, all for free.”
Amazingly, the beneficiary children can design their own colors and patterns and the team will do the rest. Demand is high and their office which seems to be a shed is fully equipped and full of photos of children all over the globe wearing their own design.
Stephen Davies, a professional CAD operator of 26 years, is currently working for Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors. He designed the UnLimbited arm and helped found the charity Team UnLimbited. Their designs are open source and to date have been used in over 50 countries by more than 18,000 children and adults and downloaded over 140,000 times.
They design, print, build, deliver and fit 3D printed hands and arms to children in the UK for free and they do all those in their spare time and on weekends alongside their day jobs; fitted around their professional and family liv
To note, Stephen, who’s in his mid-forties, is a father of three — and he was born without a hand so he’s truly aware of the struggles connected to not having arms or limbs.
His intensive research led him to Drew Murray, an IT consultant from Milton Keynes and a part of e-Nable, a volunteer network that makes free 3D prosthetics for children.
Stephen asked Drew to make a hand for him. After that, the team paired up to create more significant steps. Drew invested hundreds of pounds in two 3D printers and materials – that’s when Team Unlimbited was born.
“Everything we do is funded by myself and Stephen and generous donations, we are not a charity, we’re just two men in a shed. It’s rewarding to use our professional skills in a different way,” Drew shared in an interview with BBC News three years ago.
Team UnLimbited’s first recipient was Isabella, 9 years old. She chose pink and purple for her first arm. Her prosthetic arm made her learn to play piano, walk the dog, play with her brother, and let her turn pages in a book much easier. You can guess how life-changing it was for the girl.
Isabella also appeared in an advertising campaign for 2016’s Paralympics and she has already received three arms and Team UnLimbited’s current template is named after her.
This video shows where they started. Be inspired! You can be a part of it, too.