GRiP: University of Florida club changing lives with 3D printed prosthetics

A University of Florida organization, Generational Relief in Prosthetics (GRiP) designs and manufactures 3D printed assistive devices for children and adults with upper limb differences all throughout the nation. Students come from every major, from biomedical engineering to art and learn to fabricate the prosthetics.

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UF BME students, Samantha Haus and Ella Hoogenboezem, are involved in GRiP. Samantha Haus is the vice president of GRiP and a fourth-year BME student with a major focus on biomechanics and a researcher with Dr. Kyle Allen’s lab. Ella Hoogenboezem, a fourth-year UF BME student, does research in Dr. Christine Schmidt’s lab working on the engineering of a novel hydrogel derived from decellularized porcine nucleus pulposus to combat degenerative disc disease.

GRiP aims to educate not only the device recipients but also members of the community, such as students and educators in STEM topics, such as 3D printing and modeling. Members speak and present at local schools and in seminars around Florida. As part of its mission, GRiP delivers free, functional prosthetic and assistive devices to those with upper limb differences. These devices are personalized to the recipient's measurements as well as design preferences, such as color and style.