SUNConferences, 27th Annual Conference of the SA Institute for Industrial Engineering

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RESOURCE EFFICIENT PROCESS CHAINS TO MANUFACTURE PROSTHETIC HANDS USING OPEN SOURCE DEVICES
Devon Hagedorn-Hansen, Lukas P Steenkamp, Gert A Oosthuizen, M M Jansen van Rhensburg

Last modified: 2016-09-20

Abstract


The success of 3D printed prosthetics over the last few years has made way for further research and development within the field to improve the functionality and aesthetics of low-cost prosthetics. An opportunity now exists to develop a product, similar to that of Robohand and e-Nable, but which uses myoelectric control rather than mechanical control. Online open source projects such as The Open Hand Project, e-Nable, Robohand and various other projects have, to date, successfully supplied low-cost prosthetics to thousands of users and enabled hundreds of people to make their own prosthetics. The next step in the 3D printing revolution is to create the same type of platform, but to improve the designs and their functionality by incorporating myoelectric technology and more lifelike aesthetics into the process chain. This study suggests a process chain that can be used to produce prosthetic hands with myoelectric control, a 3D printed skeleton structure, and silicone fingers. A time and cost analysis was also performed.