3D printed bionic hand fitted to first patient

BEEAs winner Joel Gibbard has successfully fitted his low cost, 3D printed bionic hand to a 23-year-old UK man born without a right hand. The inventor, who was recently crowned Young Design Engineer of the Year, performed a world first by fitting Reading-based Daniel Melville with a 3D scanned and 3D printed, custom-fitted prosthetic socket and robotic hand.

In just 20 minutes, Gibbard scanned Melville’s right arm using a 3D sensor, created a 3D mesh of it and set up his 3D printer. The printing process took just 40 hours. “This is a dramatic reduction in time and cost for the prosthetics industry,” he noted. “It was heartwarming to see something I’ve been working on for a year give someone some extra capabilities.

“Watching Dan write, pick things up, and just play with stuff was pretty exciting for everyone. I did get to shake the hand I made for Dan and it was a bit surreal.” Gibbard created the bionic with the goal of making robotic prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees. … (Read more)

Source: EurekaMagazine.co.uk