Title

1. The Unlimbited Arm

Faculty Mentor(s)

Mrs. Jennifer Graff, Dr. J.B. Sharma, and Forrest Ables

Campus

Gainesville

Proposal Type

Poster

Subject Area

Computer Science/GIS

Location

Nesbitt 3110

Start Date

23-3-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

23-3-2018 12:00 PM

Description/Abstract

Out of an interest in 3-D printing in the biomedical field, a research project was undertaken to determine the quality of the “Unlimbited Arm Alfie Edition” prosthetic arm created by Enable the Future. EnabletheFuture.org provides open source files necessary to print an elbow-powered prosthetic for individuals in need. The research is designed to print the prosthetic based on Enable’s quality specifications and test its ability to sustain weight in order to access efficiency and quality. As a result of the study, an additional research component was added to deduce why Enable recommended PLA filament over the stronger ABS filament when printing. According to my findings, the arm lifts about 13lbs of weight, is easily customizable or adjustable to specific needs, and is printed in PLA because it is more flexible. Existing problems with the arm are not currently solvable due to the restrictions placed on this prosthetic by Enable’s specifications.

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1. The Unlimbited Arm

Nesbitt 3110

Out of an interest in 3-D printing in the biomedical field, a research project was undertaken to determine the quality of the “Unlimbited Arm Alfie Edition” prosthetic arm created by Enable the Future. EnabletheFuture.org provides open source files necessary to print an elbow-powered prosthetic for individuals in need. The research is designed to print the prosthetic based on Enable’s quality specifications and test its ability to sustain weight in order to access efficiency and quality. As a result of the study, an additional research component was added to deduce why Enable recommended PLA filament over the stronger ABS filament when printing. According to my findings, the arm lifts about 13lbs of weight, is easily customizable or adjustable to specific needs, and is printed in PLA because it is more flexible. Existing problems with the arm are not currently solvable due to the restrictions placed on this prosthetic by Enable’s specifications.