3D-Printed Keyguards – Your Gateway to 3D-Printed Assistive Technology




For decades, commercial AT has been bland, feature-poor, one-size-fits-all sold at premium prices. 3D printing technology can turn this story on its head. 3D printing enables a world of “mass customization” where each customer’s needs for customization and personalization are a priority. Keyguards can be your gateway to 3D-printed AT. A 3D-printed keyguard can save 60% to 99% the cost of a commercial keyguard. In this session, you will be introduced to: 3D printing technology, examples of 3D printed AT, keyguards and their use, why you might need lots of keyguards, the cost of keyguards – both commercial and 3D-printed, the cost of a 3D printer and how easy they are to use, designing and printing a custom keyguard.


Ken Hackbarth

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to Identify three ways in which 3D-printing, as a technology, differs from traditional manufacturing methods.

Participants will be able to Describe the 4-step process for designing and 3D-printing a keyguard.

Participants will be able Identify three options for producing a 3D-printed device.


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