Start Date

8-5-2020 12:00 AM

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Engineering

Advisor

Asheesh Lanba, PhD

Abstract

Sufferers of upper limb loss in the Dominican Republic and the developing world at large need cheap and effective prosthetics that allow them to re-establish an acceptable quality of life, by making it possible to work and accomplish other day to day tasks. They require an arm that is both strong and durable to withstand manual labor and environmental strain, and appear aesthetically human, for a low cost of about $100.

We hope to produce a model which improves upon existing solutions both in strength as well as in accurate aesthetic. To improve strength, we focus on the mechanism used to actuate the closing and clenching of the hand; to improve aesthetic, we focus on the combination of material and fabrication method - to obtain tuned skin color matching, texture quality, and arm-like geometry.

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May 8th, 12:00 AM

3D Printing Low-Cost Prosthetic Arms for the Developing World

Sufferers of upper limb loss in the Dominican Republic and the developing world at large need cheap and effective prosthetics that allow them to re-establish an acceptable quality of life, by making it possible to work and accomplish other day to day tasks. They require an arm that is both strong and durable to withstand manual labor and environmental strain, and appear aesthetically human, for a low cost of about $100.

We hope to produce a model which improves upon existing solutions both in strength as well as in accurate aesthetic. To improve strength, we focus on the mechanism used to actuate the closing and clenching of the hand; to improve aesthetic, we focus on the combination of material and fabrication method - to obtain tuned skin color matching, texture quality, and arm-like geometry.

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