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Jen Owen Co Founder of e NABLE comes to Fab Lab

The Co-Founder of e-NABLE, Jen Owen is departing Seattle for Limerick to speak about this remarkable global open source prosthetics company and share some stories of her own at our very own Fab Lab this Tuesday, November 22 at 6pm.

This event is then followed by a workshop on Wednesday, November 23 from 10am to 1pm also at Fab Lab.

e-NABLE is a group of Makers, Engineers, Medical Professionals, Tinkerers, Teachers, Students, Artists, Philanthropists, Parents and “Ideas people” who have come together from across the globe to collaborate, innovate and re-design the 3d Printable open source design of a mechanical hand device that was released as the original “Robohand” open source file in 2012.

The designers at e-NABLE offer their assistance and design skills at no cost to aid those that would like to DIY (do it yourself) one of these devices and has numerous members that are willing to take on individual cases to help custom design around different shaped hands or needs.




Jen Owen is the founder of, a website dedicated to sharing the stories and the open source designs and resources created by e-NABLE Community, a global movement of makers who are using 3D printing technology to create free and low-cost upper limb devices for those in need.

She has been documenting the progress of the e-NABLE Community since 2013 when her husband Ivan Owen, co-created the first 3D printed hand for a child in South Africa and then released the design files as open source instead of patenting them.

Organized by Fab Lab Limerick in collaboration with the Health Hub. Fab Lab Limerick is a project by the School of Architecture, The University of Limerick set u back in 2012.

Since then, Fab Lab Limerick has evolved into a fully functional digital fabrication laboratory that offers cultural, educational and research programmes on digital fabrication, bridging the gap between these technologies and creatives from all disciplines

This event has free admission and no previous reservation is required.

This event is then followed by a workshop on Wednesday, November 23 from 10am to 1pm also at Fab Lab.

Fab Lab Limerick and The Health Hub organised this workshop to bring together users, prosthetists and open source prosthetics community leaders to discuss past, present and future of prosthetics.


10:00 – Reception

10:10 – introduction to the Fab Lab and the Health Hub

10:20 – Presentation by Students for Technology and Engineering in Medical Sciences

10:30 – Personal stories

10:45 – Open source prosthetics

11:45 – More than a device

12:00 – Discussion and next steps

This event also has free admission and no previous reservation is required.

Read more about e-NABLE here.

Check out Fab Lab, Limerick here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.