YouBionic – The 3D Printed Robotic Controlled Prosthetic Hand is One Step Closer to Reality

Back in July, we covered a company called YouBionic, who was looking to create a 3D printed bionic, Arduino-controlled prosthetic hand. At that time they were still working on the design as well as the mechanism to drive the hand’s movements. Today, however, we get word from the company that they have finished their first prototype of this hand.

3D printed using flexible materials on a selective laser sintering machine, this prosthetic hand looks to target a final release price of just €1000.

If you are an avid reader of you are probably very familiar with the plethora of 3D printed prosthetic hand stories we have covered. Most of these are from an organization called e-NABLE, and they can be created for less than $50 a piece. This might just make the €1000 price tag that the YouBionic hands eventually will sell for seem a bit pricey, but fact is there are some major differences between products.

While the e-NABLE hands are 3D printed, they are done so on very affordable consumer-level 3D printers, while the YouBionic hands are printed on industrial level machines that can cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. By no means does this make the e-NABLE hands any less effective in what they do though. The e-NABLE hands are not operated by any electronics (at least not the mainstream ones which we are all familiar with), while the YouBionic hands utilize a very sophisticated computer systems in order to provide robotic movements to the hand, based on signals sent from the wearer’s brain. Both solutions appear to have a ton of potential in the future, depending exactly on what is required and desired by the individual who will be wearing the device. Fact is though, traditional prosthetic hands cost in the $40,000 range, thus making both options much more affordable. … (Read more)