Lead Designer Federico Ciccarese contacted us with a few updates from the Italian open prosthetic project Youbionic that adds a few interesting deformation strategies to those we have shared from eNABLE and projects like InMoov:
The hand’s movements are made possible by the complex internal geometries that form its parts and which can be manufactured only through 3D printing technologies such as selective laser sintering (SLS).
This new mechanical technology has never been used before. It works by “deformation of the material”. Every characteristic and behavior can be planned exclusively through its geometrical design and it requires minimal
assembly. During the design and development processes we can modify the tiniest details for improved efficiency.
Youbionic has been designed by combining the main skeletal structure with the rotational transportation leverage mechanisms. They are synchronized so as to obtain a double rotation starting from a single rotation. This means that a realistic movement can be obtained through a simple actuator. The
brain is an Arduino board and this coupled with sourcing of other commercially available components makes it possible for us to target a €1000 price tag.
…We envision Youbionic as a modular artificial hand. One of the key features is that it would be easy to replace the electronics and actuators so that the 3D printed part can always be set to fit the exact size of a growing child’s arm. Thus effectively filling the gap with current traditionally manufactured advanced prostheses while drastically reducing the cost.
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