Friday, August 21, 2015

3D Print: Steampunk Iron Man Hand

"Steampunk Iron Man Hand" by Jacky Wan (Valcrow)

Jacky Wan is an incredible designer, collaborating with Ultimaker in creating various projects. He recently combined two of his passions, movies and helping those in need. Inspired by e-NABLE’s noble mission of creating 3D prosthetic hands, Wan wanted to create a 3D printed prosthetic hand that would look “more cool” than what is currently available. He wanted to make something that a child would be proud of or be the envy of others. He also had the desire to change this disability into something that was “fun in its own way.”

Wan used the Raptor Hand design as a base in creating a steampunk style Iron Man prosthetic hand. The snap-together construction of the hand ensures each component is useful, including the gears on the back of the hand. Wan has made the design available on YouMagine for free download, and it has already been downloaded more than 500 times.
"While many of the printable prosthesis designs have come a long way in proving it's function. They still have a long way to go in aesthetics. This iteration focuses on building upon that base but making it more creative, fun and acceptable to children to alleviate the psychological stress of having to use a prosthesis.

This is a first version. Most of the aesthetic and base structure is complete. A level of refinement & revision towards the function and usability is required. Future improvements include: variable finger tension, rotatable thumb."

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