Future Tech – 3D printed hands
this summer MACH1 will be working with Project eNable, so this week Alex 3D printed a test project so that I could put it together and get a look at it.
here’s the basic lowdown for those of you who don’t want to follow a link:
-we use a pre-designed hand that we 3D print in parts in MACH1 and assemble
-we work with local teens to modify the 3D design to fit a kid who doesn’t have a hand, we get their measurements and find out what they want the hand to look like
-we give the new hand to the kid and boom, they now have a cool cyborg hand that they can *actually use*
so, there I was with a bunch of plastic parts on my desk and some wire and a computer tutorial:
dudes, this tutorial is over an HOUR long!
this is when I discovered that putting together a 3D printed hand is *hard to do*
those tabs inside? man, they had to be hammered in, and the space to work in was like 2 inches. the knots that I had to tie in the string… not easy either! I spent 2 hours working on the tension to get all the fingers to come down at the same time. needless to say, I got very sweaty and I cussed a little.
but, check this out:
here’s the hand with Katie, daughter of the Scientific Mom:
next stop? we are going to be looking for someone who can teach teens how to modify the files in a CAD software (a free one) and we’ll start printing hands this summer!
in case you are interested, here’s the parts list for all of the non-3D printed parts. if you happen to have any of it laying around, send it our way!
special thanks to my new friend sarah and her awesome high school students who have inspired us to do this project as well! check out the news article about her and her students!!