The World’s First Humanitarian 3D Printing “Make-A-Thon” is Underway in Israel

June 30, 2014

Source: Visual News


Tikkun Olam are two deeply meaningful Hebrew words which literally translate to “repair the world.” It is a core value of Jewish culture, and is manifesting itself in a beautiful and modern way this week in the city of Nazareth, Northern Israel. For a non-stop 72 hours that began yesterday, a 3D printing “Make-A-Thon” similar to Hack-A-Thons is underway; one where 120 of the top designers, engineers and makers from Israel and the world are bringing customized assistance to those with physical disabilities. It is an open-sourced event with hopes to make a huge impact to those who need help the most.


The event is called TOM, which is short for Tikkun Olam Make-A-Thon. It is taking place at the Nazereth Industrial Park, and already the energy is sparking as great minds collaborate to create socially innovative solutions. In total, there are 13 projects with teams addressing a myriad of challenges. Each team spends most of their limited time on their particular project, yet everyone shares their skills and helps each other as they can.


Some of the projects include providing pressure relief to Liron Atia, who became paraplegic after a snowboarding accident. He doesn’t want to have pressure sores develop, which can stop blood flow. So a group of seven is working on customizing his wheelchair so he can independently adjust himself as he needs.


With the dynamic field of 3D printing reaching new horizons daily, brilliant minds from Israel are fast becoming leaders in the movement and exploring the amazing possibilities to live out “Tikkun Olam” for all.


The event is Sponsored by the Reut Institute's Cross-Lab Network (XLN) and the Schusterman Family Foundation. 3D Printers and Resources are Supported by Intel, Ledico and Stratasys.

Read more and see images at Visual News.

Updated: Jul. 30, 2014