Joining us on June 17th was Aaron Westbrook, CEO of Form5 Prosthetics, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering people to successfully interact with their world and their future. As part of its mission, Form5 is committed to providing custom-application prosthetics at no cost to recipients.

Despite being born with only one hand, Aaron didn't try out his first prosthesis until he was a freshman in high school. Unfortunately, it did not fit well – and it was expensive, especially considering that he would eventually outgrow it. Disappointed but not defeated, Aaron embarked on a do-it-yourself mission to make his own prosthesis.

At 15, Aaron designed and 3-D printed his own prosthesis utilizing New Albany School’s MIT Fabrication Lab. With the help of E-Nable, a global movement dedicated to 3D printing prosthetics hands and arms for those in need, Aaron collaborated with them to test their open-source designs.

Inspired to purchase his own 3D printer, he raised enough money through a Kickstarter campaign to make this a reality and then later launched Form5 Prosthetics. In its first year as an organization (2018), Form5 provided five recipients with prosthetic devices, held various fundraising events, and collected plastic waste that could be recycled into 3D printer filament material. Additionally, Aaron began bridging industries, inviting passionate, talented professionals to serve on Form5’s board of directors.

In conjunction with running a full-fledged nonprofit organization, Aaron recently graduated from The Ohio State University.  Aaron is also President Elect of the New Albany Rotary.

If you are looking for some inspiration, definitely watch this video on our YouTube Channel !!