University of Washington 2010 - students design prosthetic arms [review / what to do with a 3D printer]

Under the auspices of Joanne Tilley, an arm amputee and artist, and Magnus Feil, professor at the University of Washington, students designed prosthetic arms in the autumn quarter of 2009 with new and definitely interesting results.

As we still ponder new prosthetic arm designs and while 3D printing becomes ubiquitous and when toying around ideas in general, let us re-consider these results.

All images (C) Copyright by the artists.

Dana Badeen

This fold up model is assumed to cost 25 USD and a functional alternative [link].


Kristen Bales

This prosthetic arm is suggested to employ voids and gaps. The varied degrees of "negative space" are supposed to enable both fine and gross motor skills [link].


Annaliese Chapa

This design is meant to be powered with hydraulics [link].

Graham Cooper

This arm is designed to ease everday actions and assist in heavy lifting [link].



Jerome Healy

This arm takes advantage of torso and bicep muscle strength according to the artist [link].



Joseph Henney

The Prosthetic Arm Revolution is suggested to be an assist device rather than hand replacement [link].


Kyoka Hinami

This prosthetic arm is designed to hold small objects within itself [link].

Kaylene Kau

Adaptable grip arm to hold a variety of items [link].



Thomas Lee

This prosthetic arm was designed to emphasize confidence with a unique shape [link].


Sophie Milliote

This prosthetic arm was designed for "below elbow amputee women" (not men) so careful here. Features include a sliding arm rest to gain leverage [link].


Mark Nagley

Better function and aesthetics with this arm [link].


Stephen Stum

Neoprene support to shift weight off the stump. Pinching device operated by a slider on the wrist [link].




Becca Weiss

This below elbow amputee prosthesis is designed to aid amputees in two handed kitchen tasks [link].



Cite this article:
Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - University of Washington 2010 - students design prosthetic arms [review / what to do with a 3D printer]; published August 10, 2013, 14:44; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1976.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1594296598, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - University of Washington 2010 - students design prosthetic arms [review / what to do with a 3D printer]}}, month = {August},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1976}}