Handprints e-NABLE Scotland is a student society at the University of Glasgow, where they make personalised 3D printed prosthetics for the local community free of charge. They specialise in 3D printing elbow or wrist-controlled prosthetics, that allow the user to grip and control objects.

Over the a series of posts we'll be profiling some of the people involved in this special project:


Hi, could you introduce yourself?

My name is Rhianna and I am a third year Biomedical Engineer at Glasgow Uni. I have just been chosen as the President for Handprints e-NABLE Scotland for 20/21 (very excited about this).

How did you get into your current field?

Completely by accident. I originally got into Marine Biology at GU due to my love of animals, but I soon realised that I needed more physics and maths in my life (and boy did I get that). I bumped into the at-the-time head of Biomedical Engineering, Liz Tanner, at an open day and after a five minute conversation, I realised that I wanted to be her.

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What are your goals?

Mainly to do something that can make a real difference to medicine and engineering. That, alongside actually helping individuals who have very specific medical needs.

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