Title

Low Cost, Modular, & Open Source Prosthetic Hand Design (MOSH)

Lead Author Major

Bioengineering

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Shelly Gulati

Faculty Mentor Department

Bioengineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

Our team is creating a reduced-cost, open source prosthetic for patients with below the wrist hand amputations. The current design serves as a platform for additional modifications, giving the end user adaptability and customization currently unavailable with other prosthetic devices. With the modular design and the addition of pressure, temperature, and time ”kits”, the device will permit patients to perform simple daily tasks and assist them in learning to utilize the device in a meaningful manner. These kits will be easily removable and modified to fit the user’s needs and lifestyle. In addition to helping patients perform simple daily tasks, the prosthetic is also an open source product. This means that the concept, files, and material lists are available online for anyone to use and construct their own prosthetic. This is especially helpful for children who will outgrow their prosthetic approximately every 6 months to a year. The current 3D printable design, paired with a user manual that details its construction, will be made available through a variety of open source programs, as well as in traditional formats such as SolidWorks. This way, users with a desire to customize the device can do so, even with limited programming or design experience. The concept is unique because there are resources such as libraries, universities, and companies that will provide 3D Printing for free. The cost of the prosthetic would then only be the cost of the materials. The cost decreases to be in the range of 300-500 dollars versus the average of 1800 dollars.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

3-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

3-5-2014 3:30 PM

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Low Cost, Modular, & Open Source Prosthetic Hand Design (MOSH)

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Our team is creating a reduced-cost, open source prosthetic for patients with below the wrist hand amputations. The current design serves as a platform for additional modifications, giving the end user adaptability and customization currently unavailable with other prosthetic devices. With the modular design and the addition of pressure, temperature, and time ”kits”, the device will permit patients to perform simple daily tasks and assist them in learning to utilize the device in a meaningful manner. These kits will be easily removable and modified to fit the user’s needs and lifestyle. In addition to helping patients perform simple daily tasks, the prosthetic is also an open source product. This means that the concept, files, and material lists are available online for anyone to use and construct their own prosthetic. This is especially helpful for children who will outgrow their prosthetic approximately every 6 months to a year. The current 3D printable design, paired with a user manual that details its construction, will be made available through a variety of open source programs, as well as in traditional formats such as SolidWorks. This way, users with a desire to customize the device can do so, even with limited programming or design experience. The concept is unique because there are resources such as libraries, universities, and companies that will provide 3D Printing for free. The cost of the prosthetic would then only be the cost of the materials. The cost decreases to be in the range of 300-500 dollars versus the average of 1800 dollars.