Printable Prosthetic Hand

Engineers design a low-cost, simple invention that may help amputees regain mobility.
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Cheap, printable prosthetic hand wins top prize at 2012 Innovation Days

Eric Ronning: Building a low-cost prosthetic for the Third World

Department of Mechanical Engineering - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Inside Science Buzzwords:

  1. Prosthetic - A device that is used as an extension or replacement for a missing body part. 
  2. 3D Printer - A printer that prints a succession of layers one on top of another in order to create a 3-dimensional object. 
  3. Pulley system - A system designed to support a cable that moves along a wheel's circumference, usually to change the direction of a force and to shift the point at which a force is normally applied; commonly employed to lift weights or heavy objects.