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Bespoke Bionic Hand Made in 10 Hours

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The bionic arm.

Researchers have developed a way to three-dimensionally print a bionic hand that functions similarly to a human hand.

Credit: Iterate UK/Ambionics

Researchers at the University of Warwick in the U.K. and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department at the university, have developed a method to three-dimensionally (3D) print a bionic hand that incorporates muscle sensors to control an articulated thumb, enabling it to function similarly to a human hand.

The device, which has embedded electrical circuitry that links motion-controlling muscle sensors with the motors and battery in the structure of the bionic hand, can be made to order in 10 hours.

Said project lead Gethin Roberts, "Laying down conductive ink tracks within polymer structures means that parts produced are fully functional straight off the machine bed, offering huge productivity benefits."

From University of Warwick (U.K.)
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