Prosthetic

Cyborg Beast 3D Printed Prosthetic Part 4

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Completion! My digital artefact of a 3D Printed prosthetic has been constructed and as apart of the process I’ve filmed the assembly to show how I was able to combine my skills learnt in BCM112 and my own research to create a working Cyborg Beast.

Total time to print was around two and a half hours, which included a broken gauntlet (therefore a reprint in white) and sourcing all the materials needed to assemble it. To buy the screws and other materials needed for this cost me around $35 in total and the uni provided the 3D Printed parts.

Would like to plug the 3D Printing Workshops run at the University Of Wollongong, as a lot of my knowledge came from Owen in those classes. Also to the BCM112 staff Chris and Ted for helping me whenever I needed! Stay tuned for a final lighter side video encompassing the prosthesis!

3D Printed “Cyborg Beast” Part 3

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Another progressive video detailing my 3D Printing adventures at the University Of Wollongong. Slightly longer, but I tend to get carried away!

Encountered a few issues with the first hand, so I decided to print another! The task seemed silly, but with a “prototype” i was able to come across problems to hopefully finish this time-consuming task. I’ve loved every minute and would like to thank Owen and the 3D Printing Workshops run to successfully print all the parts for my prosthetic hand. (As well as some novelty items along the way)

Now, I’ve got to assemble the hand.

UPDATE: 3D Printed Cyborg Beast!

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Second post of my Digital artefact is up! Finally I’ve got all the large parts and basis of my prosthetic hand printed and now all that remains is the screws and elastic that will make it operational (hopefully)

So far issues relating to the hand is minor and easily overcome with more time and development of the project. These inlcude the size of the hand being different to what I was expecting, yet I’ve went along with it and hopefully can make the same impact on a child, or person with a small wrist. Secondly was the support material from the Right extruder of the Dreamforge was making the holes for the screws to insert into blocked and therefore unusable. This problem happened to the fingers and gauntlet, yet was overcome with the fingers and palm by disabling this feature. The gauntlet will (if time permits) have to be redone trialling this method.

Otherwise this is a progressive video detailing the ease in which this platform offers its users.

Let’s get this show on the road!

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This is my first go at uploading something on YouTube, and it’s the start of my Digital artefact for 3D Printing. I’m investigating the possibilities of printing prosthetics for people who have partially developed limbs. Check out the video to see what’s initially been taught in the 3D Printing workshop at UOW.

Prosthetics in Digital Media

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3D printing prosthetic limbs have become a thing and now it’s my turn to immerse myself in this concept and try and help people with partial limbs live life to the potential that was taken from them!

Over the past 4 hours I’ve attended the first of the 3D workshop and haven’t stopped thinking, what if we were able to 3D print prosthetic limbs (at this point I’m focussing on arms) and work on how it can become more accessible and beneficial to those burdened with a disability as a result of partial growth or amputee. I did some research and “One out of every 100 or so babies is born with some kind of obvious defect or deformity.” (http://hesperian.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/en_dvc_2009/en_dvc_2009_12.pdf) The website goes onto say that children should be given prosthetic if possible by the age of 3 years old. GREAT! Brilliant! That’s exactly where I want to go with this! A young child is born with a partially developed arm, we can modify and specify to the needs and help them learn to use it from the start of their co-ordination skills, allowing them to barely be impaired at all!  There’s these guidelines and ideas all over the place in today’s technologies but no one really is confident enough to put them into a plan. That’s where the “Digital Artefact” is going to be useful…

The Australian Bureau of Statistics also states “…Nearly 80,000 people had an amputation as a result of an injury (in 2012) which shows the demand for products like the 3D Prosthetic limb. The pricing of the regular prosthetic limb can cost anywhere from $5000 to $50 000 depending on size and quality of the material. This in comparison to the starting $75 approx. print that 3D printing enables, makes the point I’m looking to explore in why these things aren’t replacing normal prosthetics. In a blog before I talked about Robert Downey Jnr. giving a needing young boy and Ironman replica bionic arm, this along with all the mechanical materials cost just $450.

Lets think big. In the development stage of my endeavours, I’ve contemplated what some might argue as unrealistic and crazy ideas for the future of prosthetics, including introducing robotic and innovative technologies after the conceptual 3D print. For example, rallying engineers and the like around UOW and beyond, (perhaps at iC) to include USB port in these arms. A bottle opener. New watch-phone’s are coming out and I thought to myself, why not save them the wristband and just include it into the arm? Even a Wifi Router! Why not?! The rate at which technology is progressing why not give it a try, the worst case scenario is that people knock my offers back and tell me why it’s not possible, which then just gives me more chance to improve the product. There is an organisation called The Collective Project, whereby in the U.S students are honing their skills in mechanical engineering and 3D printing to do similar things to what I’m going for, and were behind the Tony Stark video.
I’d love to visit the visual arts students of UOW and organise them to help me paint the prints to specifications that young people (and even adults) design. If a child (and again or adult) wants a Darth Vader Robotic paint-job on his 3D prosthetic then this can be arranged, boosting their confidence with the tool. All of this progress will I’m hoping be on a YouTube channel i create and hopefully interact with people that can use my ideas.

As this introductory and planning post comes to a conclusion, this video is of a man born without his left hand, and is given a 3D print (much like what my first prints will be like) as opposed to a regular prosthetic.

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References

Hesperian.org (http://hesperian.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/en_dvc_2009/en_dvc_2009_12.pdf)

Australian Bureau of Statistics http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/1301.0~2012~Main%20Features~Health%20status~229

3D Printing in All its Glory

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On my drive home yesterday I was listening to popular radio stations promoting a video gone viral about how “Tony Stark” (A.K.A Robert Downey Junior) gave a young boy, with a partially developed arm, a new bionic one that resembled his superhero character, Ironman. To say I was excited, is an understatement. My thought process quickly lead me to BCM112 and the digital artefact task…could this be something worth exploring?

The video details a college student who 3D prints bionic limbs to kids around the world, and how this was made especially to facilitate the young boys interest in comic superheroes. It really inspired me greatly as I’m also an unashamed fan of Action-Science fiction superhero movies, and the opportunity to combine this with helping those who must go through some heavy struggles in life. Of course this is early stages of what is being proposed but it’s got my attention already, it makes me want to learn about this process of 3D printing and turn it into a common commodity.

Watch this space!