Big Shoe Horn

Geri is a senior woman living alone in an assisted living apartment. She is independent with most daily tasks but putting on shoes has become difficult for her. Geri’s daughter and son stopped by IATP for a tour of the demonstration center to learn more about assistive technology that can assist their mother.

After working with one of IATP’s Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), they mentioned how Geri struggles using her long-handled shoehorn and was looking for an alternative solution. The COTA working with them referred them to the Makers program to see about a shoehorn. Geri was able to receive a shorter-length shoehorn that night through Makers’ donated device inventory. Anybody who is requiring simple, 3D-printed assistive devices to enhance independence can browse our product page and request one. If you are interested in donating 3D printed devices to be used by illinois residents in need, please contact us.

Woman using a 3D printed shoe horn

A longer shoe horn to give more leverage from a greater distance.

We used an FDM printer with a build plate volume of 13″ x 9.5″ x 11.8″ (330mm x 240mm x 300mm) to print this device in PETG.


  • FDM 3D printer
  • Material: PETG
  • Nozzle Size: .6mm
  • Layer Width: .2mm
  • Supports: Yes
  • Infill: 80%
  • Build Plate Adhesion: Skirt

Time: 5 Hours

Material: 65g

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