Google+ post by Luke Pettit on 2015-10-16 00:17:05 UTC

(Luke Pettit) #1
(Fred U.) #2

That’s a curious article. I recently attended a presentation at the library regarding just this topic. The organization is founded by the students at University of Central Florida, just east of downtown Orlando. They have been creating similar prosthetics for the past year and have presented at least two of which I am aware, to youngsters. An Ironman arm, a Transformers arm, and a Tangled arm for a young girl. The Ironman arm was presented to the recipient by Robert Downey Jr. in Atlanta GA and made national news.

The curious part is that the arms that the students construct cost US$250, not thousands. The students are all volunteers, unpaid and the University is providing the 3d printers. StrataSys is donating the filament for the arms, helping to keep costs low.

Not surprising, the student organization is overwhelmed with requests to assist youngsters with amputations or similar conditions.

Their web site is

(Michael Scholtz) #3

A few things about that article. 1st only $3000 ??? Wow buy your own 3D printer and print yourself an arm for every day of the week. 2nd disney own the copyright to frozen but ironman is marvel and starwars is probably ilm. if Disney agreed to give the designs royalty free they should justbpost the designs on their website.

(dstevens lv) #4

Lucasfilm was the original Starwars studio. Starwars is a Disney property now. They bought Lucasfilm 4-5 years ago. ILM was the effects/post production house and it’s also owned by Disney now.

Marvel is also owned by Disney.

(Michael Scholtz) #5

@dstevens_lv thanks of clarifying. Didn’t know that.

(bernd slemmen) #6

Should be adapted for Bioprinting and Orthotics and dental prostheses .

(Jeff DeMaagd) #7

The article and their site aren’t clear about what’s inside the prosthetic. If it’s an expensive version of what is in e-Nable, then it is a bit much, but e-Nable’s hands don’t look a tenth that nice. If there’s electronics and motors in there, then the price is pretty good.

(Fred U.) #8

The limbitless arms use electrodes attached to the upper arm, reading muscle signals into an Arduino based system. Ordinary R/C servos pull the strings that close and open the fingers of the hand. Ordinary components, low prices.