Title

DEVELOPMENT OF A DYNAMIC, RECONFIGURABLE FINGER-HAND SKELETAL STRUCTURE

Type of Proposal

Oral Presentation

Start Date

23-3-2018 10:35 AM

End Date

23-3-2018 11:55 AM

Location

Alumni Auditorium A

Faculty

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Jill Urbanic

Abstract/Description of Original Work

A finger or hand brace may be required to be worn for people who require physical support or ‘controlled motion’ support. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) patients have connective tissue disorders, and wear braces to support and limit motion. Manual assembly operators (i.e. assembling clips, wire harnesses, fabrics, etc.), carpal tunnel sufferers, and the elderly may also benefit from wearing finger or hand braces. Additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, commonly known as 3D printing, provide flexible manufacturing options; however, a customizable CAD (Computer Aided Design) model must be developed to facilitate a manufacturing solution. The goal of this research is to develop a readily adaptable CAD model. Rhinoceros® and Grasshopper® modelling tools are employed to develop a solution that can be dynamically manipulated to adjust to a specific hand size, and/or localized finger-hand configurations. The final CAD model can be then used as input for an AM solution.

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Mar 23rd, 10:35 AM Mar 23rd, 11:55 AM

DEVELOPMENT OF A DYNAMIC, RECONFIGURABLE FINGER-HAND SKELETAL STRUCTURE

Alumni Auditorium A

A finger or hand brace may be required to be worn for people who require physical support or ‘controlled motion’ support. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) patients have connective tissue disorders, and wear braces to support and limit motion. Manual assembly operators (i.e. assembling clips, wire harnesses, fabrics, etc.), carpal tunnel sufferers, and the elderly may also benefit from wearing finger or hand braces. Additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, commonly known as 3D printing, provide flexible manufacturing options; however, a customizable CAD (Computer Aided Design) model must be developed to facilitate a manufacturing solution. The goal of this research is to develop a readily adaptable CAD model. Rhinoceros® and Grasshopper® modelling tools are employed to develop a solution that can be dynamically manipulated to adjust to a specific hand size, and/or localized finger-hand configurations. The final CAD model can be then used as input for an AM solution.