Movies inspired or adapted from Marvel or other comic series have largely influenced their viewers, especially toddlers and children. The experience of watching a superhero engaged in bashing and thumping a super villain is times more thrilling and realistic for them than adults with cognitive analytical abilities. This evokes even stronger emotions for children with certain physical disabilities. Realizing this, the toy industry had taken an enthusiastic leap into manufacturing playthings borrowing ideas from the movies and comic books to empower and enable them. The 3d printing hand is yet another marvelous creation that has presented the never-before opportunity for its owners to feel no less than a superhero with a multifunctional metal arm.
The production of this wondrous wearable has been made possible by a technology, now known to almost all, 3D printing. The product is designed to serve as the prosthetic arm for children with amputated arms. However, unlike a prosthetic limb, these ones are hi-tech and multifunctional (Source: Enabling Future from). Designed on armor suits of different comic book characters like Iron Man, Batman and others, kids who are currently using them have liked them very much, for both the functions and convenience they have brought in. The arms are suitable for use by children with amputated and deformed hands.
The mechanical 3d printing hand fills in for all the shortcomings the missing limb brings into the picture. The fitting has been able to empower children and encourage them to come out of their shell and socialize with other with renewed confidence (Source: Fox News). Talking about how this product was built, the makers relied in CAD tools to shape and print the device. It is modeled with the use of CAD tools and then exported to its physical structure with the help of solid body modeling. For the conversion of virtual to real, formats like IGES and STEP have been used.
Like real arm, the last hand has flexibility to close the fingers into a fist and open thus serving the purpose of holding and grasping. The arm has been developed in parts with great attention given to add details to the geometry or each part. Use of tensioner clips and elastics has been strategically done in order to ensure flexibility of the arm. Knuckle blocks, wrist movement, finger mobility, etc. have been infused in the device so that it turns out as realistic as possible (Source: ABC7). Most importantly, it is available in customized versions, structure to fit the rest of the arm structure of the wearer.
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