Published February 5th at 11:04am - 315 ♥ - 3 min read
3D Printing: A life-changer for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
I need to talk to you about 3D printing. After this kind of "burnout" I made in January (see this post), I try to have a easier and better life. That's why I searched many 3D printed things to avoid some pains and dislocations. I try to have the easiest prints to do:
- No exotic settings
- No support or adhesion tricks
- Printable for many printers
- All the models are Open-source or free to use
I found so many models! They are really easy to print. I use a Creality Ender 3 Pro printer and UltiMaker Cura slicer with these settings :
- Infill: Cubic at 50%
- Temperature: 60°C bed / 200°C hot end
- Print speed: 50 mm/s
- Layer height: 0.20 mm
- Nozzle diameter: 0.40 mm
- Wall: 0.80 mm with 2 walls
- No support or adhesion
Now, I will show you some models I've printed (with pictures) and why it's good for me.
This model is the first I did and the most used one! It's really easy to use it and it ask less efforts to open a can. It's easy for many people but for me or disabled people, it's a hard task. With this tool, I'm regaining a little independence to cook for myself when I need to, and that's AWESOME. This model is my new friend.
What is this kind of model?! I never heard about something like that but this one is really useful. I twist my fingers so many times when I need to turn a key and I never think it was possible to avoid this kind of pain. This assistive key turner is just a small bar with a slot to put the key in. I can open/close my entry door without any problem!
Pillikan, the pill-pusher
Called Pillycan on the model, this one help me a lot when I need to take drugs. When you don't have any force in your fingers, it's quite hard to take medication without a knife to open the blister of your analgesics. And sometimes, the knife slips... Dangerous right? How many times I asked for help to take a pill. How many times I hurt myself to do that.
With Pillikan, that's an old story! Just take the blister, push, and that's it!
OK, this one help me right now! My fingers can move in every all directions and can dislocate, even when I type on keyboard! This model was made to avoid finger dislocation. The author bring a list to print this ring in many sizes (If you want to know, I use the size 8).
Note: I made my rings in PLA but I'll ask to a friend to print them in resin, to avoid bacteria harbor. Someone tell me I can also add epoxy on PLA to avoid layer aspect and to become food safe. I'll try these two techniques.
My life become easier with less pain. Thanks to all the models creators to share these wonderful models. I have some many ideas to create tools for EDS / Hypermobility. the next step is to find some great tutorials to learn how to use FreeCAD or OpenSCAD, two open-source CAD softwares. Of course, when my models will be released, they'll all be open-source!
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