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Muscle Powered Exoskeleton Device version 4.0 A.M.P.E.D.

by DarkRubyMoon

This is a preliminary work in progress design for an open source 3D printable exoskeleton arm brace to assist the disabled to raise their arm. As someone with a form of muscular dystrophy called SMA, I have significant difficulty lifting my arms. Similar devices exist, but they are cost prohibitive for most people and not covered by insurance. I wanted to create an open source, inexpensive exoskeleton arm brace that utilizes both springs to offset arm weight and a motor to raise the individual's arm that would be free to download and modify. Design is specifically made for maximum adaptability for various size individuals.

Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated. I am an artist with some experience in computer programming...need electronics help, programming help, engineering help etc.




amped arm brace brace disability Exoskeleton
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3D printing research

by davebanes

Dear Members,

If you are an occupational therapist or a student of occupational therapy, we kindly request for you to participate in an online survey about 3D printing for occupational therapy (experience with 3D printing is not required!).

As 3D printing is still relatively new in occupational therapy, we want to understand the opinions of occupational therapists about the potential use of 3D printing for making assistive technologies for their clients. This survey is part of a larger research project in which Tilburg University (in the Netherlands) collaborates with Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and several rehabilitation centers. The goal of this project is to develop and research a new service to design and make 3D-printed assistive technologies for everyday activities.

Filling in the survey takes about 20-25 minutes and participation is fully anonymous. If needed, we can provide official proof of your participation in this scientific study. If you want to read more information about this study, or if you would like to participate, please click the following link (according to your language preference):

English survey:


German survey:


Dutch survey:


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Digital Camera Adaptive System for Handicapped People

by davebanes

This equipment group can be printed and mounted to a stand so that someone in a wheelchair with very limited mobility of their hands can still use a digital camera with control over pan, tilt, zoom, and shutter. Most digital cameras have tiny buttons and controls requiring fine motor skills and are not usable by people with hand disabilities (arthritis, cerebral palsy, etc). I created this device as part of a project for a class I was in. My mother in law, who has severe rheumatoid arthritis and has very limited fine motor skills of her hands, tested this adaptive equipment and found she could easily use it to take photos with a Sony digital camera. The controls could be tweaked to work with other types of digital cameras as well. The setup was powered by Arduino Uno. Three microservos (zoom, shutter, pan) and a standard servo (tilt) and seven microswitches were used to bring it all together for electronics hardware. I created a wooden mount box that would fit on a wheelchair tray.


Digital Camera Adaptive System for Handicapped People
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3D Design Contest, win a Makerbot Replicator+ 3D Printer!

by Access3Dservices

Hello, I'm the Operations Director at a Center for Independent Living, where we work with people with disabilities of any kind to help them live independently and participate fully in all aspects of community living.

I'm posting to let everyone know that Access 3D Services and our parent nonprofit, Access Independence, are running a contest from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017 for 3D printable designs to help people with disabilities live more independently. The Grand Prize winner will receive a Makerbot Replicator+ 3D Printer and eSun filament, and the runner-up will receive an Airwolf3D Gift Basket and 7Tech 3D Pen.

For more information about the contest or to find out how to submit your design, please visit www.access3dservices.com!

Joe Eckert, Operations Director, Access 3D Services / Access Independence

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