Open Bionics is a low-cost 3D printed prosthetic hand company that has been attracting attention since showcasing their device at last year’s CES in Las Vegas. As with other 3D printed prosthetic endeavours, the goal is to bring the cost of custom prosthetics down so those most in need, often situated in developing countries, can have access to the life-changing technology.
The Open Bionics hand takes things to the next level by incorporating electronic systems that interpret signals and convert them into hand movements. And now, if you have a little bit of money, time and know-how to spare, you can make your own Open Bionics Ada robotic hand thanks to a very detailed tutorial over at Instructables.
The tutorial says assembly of the 3D printed parts will only take an hour once all the components have been sourced and 3D printed. Also, the assembly process is exactly the same for both the left and right hand except for minor differences while mounting the electronics. As is the case for many 3D printable hands with open-source origins, all the required 3D print files are available to download directly fromThingiverse. In this case, a combination of 100g PLA/ABS and 200g of Ninjaflex is needed.