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Students Create 3D Printed Robot Prosthetic Limb

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Comparing human and robot hands.

University of Manchester students have created a low-cost, robotic prosthetic hand that could produced with a three-dimensional printer.

Credit: University of Manchester

Students at the University of Manchester in the U.K. have designed and built a low-cost, three-dimensionally (3D)-printed robotic prosthetic hand that could provide a more affordable alternative for amputees.

The prosthetic hand's joints are all fully posable, with each individual finger and the thumb able to move. The hand's functionality enables its user to do simple everyday tasks such as picking up items, handling tableware, typing and clicking a computer mouse, or opening doors.

In addition, the new design comes with Bluetooth connectivity and an Android app. The prosthetic is controlled using muscle sensors placed on the user's arm that can be paired with the app.

"The functionality is customized through the phone app, but the muscle sensors provide the control by moving the hand whenever necessary," says Manchester's Alex Agboola-Dobson.

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