In Nazareth, 'Maker' Competition Attempts to Help the Disabled With 3D Printing

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With all of the bizarre, generally needless applications for 3D printers, it’s easy to forget there are effective humanitarian uses for the technology.

A 3D printing competition next week called the Tikkun Olam Make-a-thon (TOM) will bring “makers” together with the disabled to design unique tools for those with special needs. On the third day, the makers of Nazareth will present their projects, and the founders are hoping that the winners from their small competition will catch the eye of the international community.

“Disabilities transcend borders, and so do solutions,” Arnon Zamir, cofounder of TOM, said in a release. “A TOM-produced design to help a quadriplegic more easily sip from a straw could then be improved upon by innovators in San Francisco, New Delhi or Lima.”

In that instance, the makers from the competition would join the prestigious ranks of former Nazareth celebrities famous for treating the disabled.