Kickstarter Project!

I am thrilled to announce that the Recorders For All Kickstarter campaign launched last week.  Thanks to 96 backers, we are 46% funded after just six days.  Check out our project!

 

working prototype

This prototype was made with 3D printing.  Our final product will be made with an injection mold.

 

Kickstarter Link

Many generous backers have made donations so that students with limb differences can get an instrument for free.  If you or someone you know could use one of these instruments, please let me know!

If you can’t find a way, you can make one instead!

During the past decade, 3D printing has become much more mainstream.  As a result, it is getting easier for people with disabilities to prototype and create customized adaptations.   

Check out Max, a young drummer:  

 

Max’s dad, Rich Lehrer, teaches technology at the Brookwood School.  His students create solutions to real life problems.  Both Rich and his students have created adaptations for Max.  Even Max is getting into engineering!

How do they design these adaptations?  Tinkercad.

Tinkercad is a free, user-friendly platform that allows anyone to become an engineer.  You can find resources online to learn how to use the program or you can learn through the experience of making something.  Try it!  

Rich and I hope to make a problem bank of musical instrument adaptations that can be created with 3D printing.  What would you like to see invented?

 

Another Use for Belts

Belts are useful.  They hold up your pants.  Or, if you need a little extra support, your violin.  

violin belt 2

I learned about this adaptation from Samantha, a fiddle player in California.  When Samantha was twenty-one, she was in a car accident.  Even though she had no major injuries from the accident, her neck hurt playing violin.  She tried to raise up her shoulder rest and use extra pads.  Then she explored using a strap.  Samantha experimented with many straps until she discovered one that worked best: a thin, leather-woven belt.  

belt

Samantha puts the belt around her neck and then fits it around her fiddle.  It allows her to look up, talk, sing, and give instructions to musicians and dancers.  What a great solution!

belt on neck       violin belt
Thanks, Samantha, for sharing!

Recorders For All: Project Update

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Latest Prototype Design

I have an update on the Recorders for All project!

Engineering work was delayed for several months, but we are back on track and we hope to have a prototype ready for testers soon.  We have changed our design to an injection-molded key cluster.  Learn more about our progress here!

Thank you, Makers4Good, for your hard work to make the recorder accessible to everyone!

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Video Chat Meeting with the Engineering Team