On the use of 3D printing technology towards the development of a low-cost robotic prosthetic arm

Alejandro Canizares, Jean Pazos, Diego Benitez

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Abstract

This article explores the feasibility of using 3D-printable technology towards the development of low cost robotic prosthetics. As an initial validation, two prototypes were fabricated: a hand with 5 fingers controlled by a wearable instrumented glove and a hand-arm that can be controlled by flexing any muscle in the user's arm through a sensor that collects electromyographic (EMG) signals from the muscle. Finger motions were controlled by servomotors which work as actuators while the rotation of each servomotor was controlled using microcontrollers. The aim was to demonstrate the feasibility of using 3D printing technology for building a prototype of a controlled hand as a first step towards the development of low cost prosthesis as a possible aid for low income people with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Autumn Meeting on Power, Electronics and Computing, ROPEC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538608197
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Autumn Meeting on Power, Electronics and Computing, ROPEC 2017 - Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico
Duration: 8 Nov 201710 Nov 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE International Autumn Meeting on Power, Electronics and Computing, ROPEC 2017
Volume2018-January

Conference

Conference2017 IEEE International Autumn Meeting on Power, Electronics and Computing, ROPEC 2017
Country/TerritoryMexico
CityIxtapa, Guerrero
Period8/11/1710/11/17

Keywords

  • 3D-printable
  • Bionic Arm
  • EMG
  • Low Cost Prosthesis
  • Myoelectric Sensor
  • Prosthesis
  • Prosthetic Arm

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