NRI hosts You3Dit and other 3D printing enthusiasts

upcycling and epa

The EPA reports that Americans produce about 4.4 pounds of waste per person per day. How can Digital Fabrication help turn trash into treasure – the value of Upcycling.

“Balancing model-making artistry and expertise in various fabrication technologies, NRI’s 3D Labs offer the beginner and advanced 3D designer the ability to transform their computer-generated models into real, physical objects.” That’s NRI’s homepage tagline and they’re really getting involved with the 3D Printing community in San Francisco.

You3Dit was stoked to be invited to present on “upcycling” on September 9th and Chris McCoy shared with the guests of NRI’s meet up how You3Dit helps to enable upcycling via its global platform of 3D designers and fabricators.  How you might ask?  What the heck is upcycling?  Download the presentation “Upcycling with Digital Fabrication” here below:

Upcycling with Digital Fabrication – by Chris McCoy, Ph.D.


Don’t just lend a hand, give one


Enabling the Future is an amazing organization that connects 3D printer owners with people who need prosthetics.  Since Chris–You3Dit’s founder–first 3D printed one of Enable’s prosthetic hands back in December of 2014, it changed his view of consumer-grade 3D printers and the potential they can unlock.

My name is Sanjeet Sanhotra. I’m a recent high school graduate and soon to be college student at UCSC. I’ve been working with You3Dit for over a year and have recently took on a project with them to “give a hand” to the amazing organization that is Enabling the Future! I want to bring the You3Dit community together to print and put together hands for those in need. I hope to do this by having volunteer fabricators around the world in out network send us parts as well as have leads in specific countries to help put these hands together. By all of us working together, we can really make a difference helping out those who really need it! We realize that we can’t always ask for people to give up part of their time for volunteer work like this, but hopefully we won’t have too!

Here’s how you can help!

If you’re interested in helping us on our project, please fill out this quick form: 

Just provide us with your email address and we’ll send updates as well as important information on the project! For those interested in helping us get these parts and hands fast, we can provide cool prizes like filament, buddy grippers, and possibly more! But for others who simply want to help out by sending their parts by the specified date, we can provide You3Dit designed hand keychains and hopefully for all who participate, actual pictures of your hands and parts being used! Links to the parts and Enabling The Future’s website will be posted below! Please go check them out and please feel free to contact us if you want to join or be more apart of the project! Thanks!

Link to Enabling The Future’s Website:

Link to Raptor Hand Parts: (organized parts for easy 3D Printing)-We want to make 3D printing these prosthetic parts as easy as possible.  Thus, we’ve organized the 15x parts into groups: A, B, and C which correspond to small, medium and large 3D printers!