3D printing prosthetics has become popular these days, a lot of children and adults already got such prosthetics. Until now, there was no good way to test the prosthetics but recently a team of Rice University has developed a testing suite.
Initially, the team wanted to create a prosthetic for an arm but after they started developing the arm they thought that they need some kind of testing gadgets. So they developed a row of different objects that can measure which force the prosthetic applies to it.
It is very essential to have such testing objects because only with them you can make sure your prosthesis has enough force to be used in real live. The measured data is then transferred to a PC which shows how efficient the prosthesis is.
If a kid has to put in five pounds of force to only get one pound of grip, that’s a lot of lost efficiency because of how these hands are designed … Until we reach a force efficiency of 100 percent, the hands aren’t going to be useful
Now the young team hopes to get a 5.000$ prize to continue their development. Anyway, they had a good idea to measure how efficient 3D printed prosthetics are and this will help the users to get even better 3D printed prosthetics.