UATP featured on KSL with custom 3D-printed grabber

By Cimaron Neugebauer | May 25, 2023

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Shawnie Christensen has low-grip strength due to Muscular Dystrophy. She requested UATP create an electric grabber for her to allow her improved independence. (Photo: Cimaron Neugebauer)

Utah Assistive Technology Program uses 3D printing to create functional solutions to everyday problems. KSL-TV recently featured our organization on its 6pm evening news.

It all began with a daily task that was difficult for Shawnie Christensen. She has Muscular Dystrophy. Because of this, she has low-grip strength. She used a hanger to grab things (in the past) that were out of reach, but she wanted something easier.

That's where UATP stepped in and did some 3D printing and created a custom electric grabber. Shawnie liked the grabber so much she used it until it broke! Dan O'Crowley, fabrication lab coordinator, and our UATP lab team went back to work and 3D-printed new parts to improve the overall function and durability of the device.

We love the tool so much, we want other people to enjoy it. So we have provided directions to DIY from scratch.

See how it works and how you can make your own!

Have an Assistive Technology need? Call 1-800-524-5152 or email Cimaron and we'll see what we can do to help you.

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