The Flextensor is one of the latest additions to the range of 3D printable prosthetics created by e-NABLE, a network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the world a “Helping Hand”.
The stand out feature of the new addition to this growing range of basic living, lifestyle-enabling 3D printed parts from e-NABLE is that this robotic hand does require a wrist to direct the force to pick up paraphernalia as this increasingly design-honed set of contemporary artificial body parts removes the need for elastics.
Peter Binkley (profbink) is one of the most active designers in the e-NABLE community. Peter is the creator of The Ody Hand and The Talon Hand, the latter of which is right up to version 2.6. These are two of the most successful designs created via e-NABLE so far. Now Binkley steps forward with his next serious advancement to the growing range of enabling devices.
It is common knowledge for regular readers in 3D printing circles that e-NABLE was originally inspired by two strangers some ten thousand miles apart. One, a prop maker from the United States and the other a carpenter from South Africa, who came together to create a prosthetic hand device for a small child in South Africa, who then took the bolder, and beautifully altruistic, gesture to give the plans to the hand away for free. What started out as a few creating something for a child in need, has grown into a movement of families, designers, parents, engineers, three dimensional printing enthusiasts, and more. … (Read more)