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Low-cost 3D printed hands for amputees across the world gets an aesthetic upgrade as The Victoria Hand Project details its newest development.

The Victoria Hand Projector VHP, is a dedicated team of people who focus on creating the best possible prosthetics for patients in the developing world. However, they are aware of the challenges many amputees face, particularly in developing countries where cultural perceptions can leave the users of such prosthetics feeling shunned and overlooked.

Current iterations of the VHP’s 3D printed upper limbs, Version 184 and 190, while economical and practical, saw many patients refuse to wear and use them when confronted with the aesthetical reality of a function-first design.

Therefore, with this feedback in mind, the currently in-development Version 200 is aimed to be a cost-effective and cosmetically appealing solution.

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New Features of the Victoria Hand Project’s Version 200

For Version 200, the team’s research and development efforts focused on defining the hand, giving the prosthetic a streamlined shape and realistic fingers.

3D scanning techniques were used to create authentic-looking digits, with the team reducing the number of links per finger from six to four making them easier to assemble.

Of course, functionality was still an important factor. In addition to greater durability and a stronger pinch, Version 200 will also feature better grip – thanks to more rubberized fingertips – and a quicker print time and assembly.

Currently still in testing and prototyping, the VHP has high hopes for this new development, anticipating greater acceptance from the amputees they assist – a prime example of the benefits of 3D printing in the medical field.

The VHP team predicts that Version 200 will officially launch in early 2017. Want to find out more about the Victoria Hand Project? Show your support and check out their website. 

Source: Ultimaker

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Low-cost 3D printed hands for amputees across the world gets an aesthetic upgrade as The Victoria Hand Project details its newest development.

The Victoria Hand Projector VHP, is a dedicated team of people who focus on creating the best possible prosthetics for patients in the developing world. However, they are aware of the challenges many amputees face, particularly in developing countries where cultural perceptions can leave the users of such prosthetics feeling shunned and overlooked.

Current iterations of the VHP’s 3D printed upper limbs, Version 184 and 190, while economical and practical, saw many patients refuse to wear and use them when confronted with the aesthetical reality of a function-first design.

Therefore, with this feedback in mind, the currently in-development Version 200 is aimed to be a cost-effective and cosmetically appealing solution.

version-100

version-100

New Features of the Victoria Hand Project’s Version 200

For Version 200, the team’s research and development efforts focused on defining the hand, giving the prosthetic a streamlined shape and realistic fingers.

3D scanning techniques were used to create authentic-looking digits, with the team reducing the number of links per finger from six to four making them easier to assemble.

Of course, functionality was still an important factor. In addition to greater durability and a stronger pinch, Version 200 will also feature better grip – thanks to more rubberized fingertips – and a quicker print time and assembly.

Currently still in testing and prototyping, the VHP has high hopes for this new development, anticipating greater acceptance from the amputees they assist – a prime example of the benefits of 3D printing in the medical field.

The VHP team predicts that Version 200 will officially launch in early 2017. Want to find out more about the Victoria Hand Project? Show your support and check out their website. 

Source: Ultimaker

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