Make the World. There are a lot of people talking about the shake up 3D printing is bringing to the manufacturing space and a few actually making it all happen. Our friends at Adafruit have announced a new month long Google+ Hangout series that takes a deep dive into the stories that are shaping this commonly stated ‘manufacturing revolution’. In the series, you’ll be front row center as they talk directly with the people developing the processes, parts, materials and methods to change people’s lives. The first of the series is taking on prosthetic manufacturing, an industry typically riddled by regulation and high priced components, but changing due to the availability of 3D printers and the passionate drive of regaining lost dexterity.

Robohand Prosthetic Makerbot
Liam all smiles with his new Robohand. Image: Makerbot

First, join Adafruit’s Make the World Google+ community. Then mark your calendars for the following Hangouts:

  • October 4th, 8pm ET – One hour introduction to the challenge with notable inventors and non­profits in the sector. MakerBot, Robohand, The Lucky Fin Project.
  • October 11th, 8pm ET – Community Check In ­ inviting a notable Maker to chat with Makers from the Community to show how far they have come along with their project. Prosthetics for Prosperity, e-NABLE, Google Science Fair.
  • October 18th, 8pm ET – 30 min Community Check In ­ inviting a notable Maker to chat with Makers from the Community to show how far they have come along with their project. Robohand, Hands for Africa and The Open Hand Project.
  • October 25th, 8pm ET – One hour Recap of the past month. Robohand, Anthromod, Robohand.

The first Hangout series will introduce Makerbot and the Robohand project–four discussions dedicated to prosthetic manufacturing, making it happen in the real world and how it all came together. If you’ve not heard (or seen!) Robohand, you owe it to yourself to check out this 10 minute documentary that tells the story of how Richard Van As took it upon himself to develop a 3D printed mechanical hand.

You can join the main Adafruit Google+ page and their Community page to join in the conversation and keep apprised of all happenings on Adafruit space. They also have the Ask an Engineer and Show and Tell series on their Youtube channel you’ll definitely want to check out.

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Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.