While the internet is buzzing about Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed’s 3D printed gun, others are using the advancing 3D print technology to create artificial body parts.
Such is the case of Robohand, a mechanical 3D printed hand that acts as a set of fingers that open and close to grasp objects based on the motion of the wrist. As the wrist folds and contracts, cables that attach the fingers to the base structure make the fingers curl.
Robohand was the brainchild of Richard Van As, a woodworker from Johannesburg, South Africa, that lost four fingers in an accident and Ivan Owen, a theatrical prop designer from Seattle. The two came up with a design and used the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to bring their design to life. Once they hit on a working design, Robohand, they used MakerBot’s sharing website, Thingiverse.com, to share the assembly instructions, full set of parts and 3D printed designs.
For more about the Robohand, check out the video below or the visit Thingiverse.com.