Hand2Hold is an organization for the construction and dissemination of 3D printed hand assist devices to a patient population in need through Duke clinics, while providing a tangible opportunity for young students to explore the medicine-engineering interface and understand patient care via direct participation in device assembly.

We have partnered with BOOST, an established program through DUSOM that aims to excite aspiring youth, especially underrepresented minorities and those from socioeconomically challenged backgrounds, about science and incite confidence in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering.

The devices are mechanically driven and serve as an affordable option for patients who have lost a hand or those with congenital defects affecting hand functionality, especially within the pediatric population, where continuous growth precludes patients from investing in sophisticated prosthetics. The designs are provided by the international volunteer organization, eNABLE, and are open source. Component parts for each device are easily printed with access to 3D printers, afforded to us through the Duke Technology Center.

Assembly sessions will be coupled with core teaching by medical students, which will bridge the gap between science concepts and active participation, while providing an opportunity for medical students to share their knowledge and have the privilege of serving in a mentorship role to young learners.

Mission Statement

Hand2Hold aims to increase patient access to affordable 3-D printed prosthetic hand devices in the triangle area, while cultivating interest and inspiring confidence in high school students to pursue fields in science, technology, engineering and medicine. Through the “hands on” construction of these prosthetic devices in teams, students will learn normal human hand anatomy, gain a profound understanding of the intersection between medicine and engineering, participate in team-based learning as well as see the direct impact that service and technology can have on the lives of those in need. Its comprehensive nature weds service with solution — institutional and human resources helping a patient population in need while fostering a community-based approach for education, outreach and growth.


The organization is open to medical students with an interest in developing affordable and innovative solutions to medical challenges, and to those who would enjoy an opportunity for a leadership role, working with and mentoring aspiring learners.


  • Hand2Hold Intro Meeting for Interested Students (October 2017)
    • Students interested in participating in the program will learn more about leadership positions and the goals of the organization.
    • Location: TSCHE
  • Hand2Hold Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop (November 2017)
    • Includes a tour of the Co-Lab where students will learn how to use 3D printers and practice building small parts during this workshop to get comfortable using the 3D printing machines.
    • Location: Duke Innovation Co-Lab
  • Speaker Series: Dr. Linda Cendales (late fall 2017)
    • Dr. Cendales is the first surgeon to successfully transplant a human hand for a trauma patient. She is currently developing Duke’s Hand Transplant program in conjunction with colleagues in Plastic Surgery and Orthopedics. Dr. Cendales is the faculty mentor for the Hand2Hold Program and is very interested in helping underserved students gain exposure to STEM fields.
    • Location: Duke School of Medicine
  • Hand2Hold Meet & Greet with BOOST students (Dec 2nd 2017)
    • Opportunity for our members to introduce ourselves to BOOST students, outline the project and answer any questions.
    • Location: BOOST Science Saturdays
  • Hand2Hold Build-a-Hand Workshop 1 (early 2018)
    • Our first hand prosthetic building session with BOOST Science Saturdays. We will lead teams of BOOST students in assembling a hand prosthetic. We will also have a speaker (TBD) lecture on hand anatomy/function/diseases requiring prosthetics.
    • Location: BOOST Science Saturdays