Frequently Asked Questions

About Access3D

Access3D is an Australian community-driven initiative seeking to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities. We rely on our volunteer network of 3D-printer experts to manufacture simple assistive technologies like cutlery grips, writing aids, and replacement buttons for mobility devices. We strive to 3D-print and ship these devices to anyone in genuine need of them for free (within Australia).

 

If you are in genuine need of a 3D-printable accessibility device, please get in contact with us.

 

If you are in a position to donate 3D-printing or shipping material or volunteer your 3D-printing services, we would love to hear from you.

3D-printing is a way of creating 3D objects from a computer file by using 3D-printers. 3D-printers do this by pushing melted plastic through a moving extruder to build up the object layer by layer.

 

A photo of a typical 3D-printer

A photo of a typical 3D-printer

3D-printed accessibility devices are an a inexpensive alternative to off-the-shelf devices. E.g. A simple assistive jar opener designed for people who have reduced grip strength may cost $20 off-the-shelf, but can be 3D-printed by an Access3D volunteer for less than $1.

 

3D-printers also allow us to manufacture custom parts or items that may not be available in Australia.

Access3D was created by Bryce Cronin in 2022 in response to the rising costs and import delays affecting assistive technologies in Australia.

 

He has been designing free 3D-printable accessibility devices since 2020 and was inspired by successful overseas volunteer-run initiatives MakersMakingChange.com and TheControllerProject.com.

Requesting a 3D-printed accessibility device FAQs

Please read the Devices page for more information about this. If you can find a free 3D-printable accessibility device design on the internet - there's a good chance we can make it and send it to you.

 

Keep in mind that large designs, designs that incorporate electronics, or highly detailed designs are probably not possible for us to manufacture. If you're unsure, please get in contact with us anyway and we'll get back to you!

No. We try our best to accomodate all requests but unfortunately we don't have the resources to fulfil all requests.

We try our best to make all of our services completey free for those in genuine need of them. Sometimes we may ask you to cover the shipping fee or cover a portion of our costs if you make a large request, we'll let you know in advance if this is required.

Generally, we define someone in "genuine need" if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • A 3D-printed device will give you greater autonomy.
  • They aren't able to afford an off-the-shelf accessibility device.
  • There are no off-the-shelf devices available for their specific needs.

If your device arrives broken, please let us know and we'll send a replacement ASAP.

 

If your device breaks after arriving, please get in touch and we'll see what we can do. Unfortunately not all 3D-printed items will work successfully and we make no guarantees about their operation. We will try our best to fix any issues, but please understand that this is not always possible.

 

Limitations with 3D-printing technology will mean that 3D-printed objects aren't able to withstand the same forces or conditions that off-the-shelf devices are able to.

No, this isn't needed.

 

The Access3D initiative is based on trust.

As many you need. We will try our best to fulfil your request, but this is not always possible.

 

There is no limit to how many devices you can ask for in a single request, and no limit to the number of requests you can send.

Donation and volunteering FAQs

Access3D is not a registered charity.

Maybe, please get in touch with us.

Donated funds and items are used only for the purpose of providing accessibility devices to Australians in need. This may include 3D-printer filament, packaging materials, website costs, etc. Shipping costs account for around 80% of our expenses.

Before reaching out to us to volunteer, please understand the following:

  • Access3D is a young initiative. We're still figuring out the demand for our services and are in the process of building up a small network of volunteers around Australia.
  • At this stage, additional volunteers are unlikely to be called upon to fulfil regular device requests, except in the case where there may be in influx of requests that current volunteers are unable to handle.
  • In the future, we may ask additional volunteers for help 3D-printing popular devices in bulk.
  • You will most likely need to cover shipping expenses.

If you're still serious about volunteering, please feel free to reach out. Your details will be recorded and we will contact you when required.

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