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Public Domain Prosthetic Hand

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the you-might-find-this-handy dept.

Hardware Hacking 31

New submitter Zeussy writes "While looking around Thingiverse for something to 3D-print, I found this awesome public domain prosthetic hand designed for a 5-year-old child called Liam, who was born without any fingers on his right hand. The design is based on parts either 3D-printed or bought from your local hardware store. It's body powered via cables and bungees; see it in action in this video. They are currently running a Fundly Fundraiser."

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This is fantastic (5, Interesting)

inquist (2489806) | about a year ago | (#42760757)

I think this also helps answer the other article posted recently, "Are there any real inventors left?" Yes there are.

Re:This is fantastic (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | about a year ago | (#42760889)

Yep, and as I said in that article, 3D printing probably counts as a true invention.

Re:This is fantastic (1)

Haxagon (2454432) | about a year ago | (#42761631)

Additive manufacturing has been around for a long time, and automated subtractive manufacturing for longer. 3D printing is great, but that BBC story was just their misunderstanding of invention and creativity. They think it's Something That Has Never Been Done Before And Doesn't Include Other Inventions, when that includes very few things in the history of mankind. Everything is iterative. Even the first simple machine a human used was most likely created by some other organism years before.

I propose that we adopt the controversial Cory Doctorow's definition of invention/creativity: something that isn't obvious. That way we don't have these mainstream news dodos bumbling around about "but what happened to invention? " every couple of months.

Re:This is fantastic (2)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | about a year ago | (#42760953)

This is wrong. Giving stuff to the public domain should be forbidden. This way of life is communist!

Re:This is fantastic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42761261)

Thinking of others should be prohibited.
Every individual not putting him/herself first should be exterminated.

Re:This is fantastic (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#42761589)

Interesting idea around that joke, how many crippling diseases would still be haunting humanity if their cures were made by modern pharma companies instead of generous "anti-capitalist" people like Jonas Salk? I imagine the diseases would still thrive in the 3rd world.

Re:This is fantastic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42764365)

Um, freely giving isn't communist. Taking is communist.

Can you imagine? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42760773)

You take your kid to the family doctor:

Doc: Nice to see you both again. So, uh, where did you get that prosthetic hand for little Tommy?
Dad: I downloaded some designs from the internet and built it myself.
Doc: *gape*

Re:Can you imagine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42760849)

You take your kid to the family doctor:

Doc: Nice to see you both again. So, uh, where did you get that prosthetic hand for little Tommy? Dad: I downloaded some designs from the internet and built it myself. Doc: *gape*

Doc: Can you built a few more for me?

Then 30 years from now a robot from the future will go back in time, infiltrate the doctor's home, and try to blow up the new hand.

mod-anon

Re:Can you imagine? (2)

WillAdams (45638) | about a year ago | (#42762201)

Two sides to this:

Ages ago, I remember reading in Readers Digest a story about a gentleman and his wife who adopted one of the Thalidomide babies and created a more manageable motorized device for the young man to control so as to have some mobility --- I've always wondered if any of those mechanisms were used in later devices.

There are now devices for CNC milling dental crowns while one waits in a dentist's office:

http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1196&p=9543&hilit=dentist#p9543 [shapeoko.com]

3D fun (5, Insightful)

turkeydance (1266624) | about a year ago | (#42760799)

3D printing has the potential to be the "next thing". just like computers, the internet,etc. practical/fun/dangerous/all that. this example is heart-warming. now, if we could just intercept or delay DRM and other censorship possibilites.

the "next thing" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42765723)

To be attacked and demonized by several markets, and the government.

"And" and "Or" have different meanings... (0)

Internal Modem (1281796) | about a year ago | (#42760813)

"The design is based on parts either 3D-printed or bought from your local hardware store."

[sarcasm] I can't wait to read the article and find out if it's 3D printed parts or parts I have to buy. [/sarcasm]

Re:"And" and "Or" have different meanings... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42760961)

You're aware that "either/or" is a logical construct in which you can use EITHER a OR b, right?

And that, in this case, it means that you have two separate options, both valid?

Re:"And" and "Or" have different meanings... (1)

Internal Modem (1281796) | about a year ago | (#42761297)

Yes. However, it appears that some parts are printed AND some parts are purchased.

Re:"And" and "Or" have different meanings... (1)

darkshot117 (1288328) | about a year ago | (#42762395)

I got the impression that they were implying you could build it with your choice of printed parts OR alternatively purchased parts. I would imagine the printed parts would be plastic and less durable (but probably lighter) than metal parts bought at a hardware store.

Nice juxtaposition (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42760825)

Couldn't help but note that on the main page this is right next to "Are there any real inventors left?"

Greatest moment (5, Interesting)

schneidafunk (795759) | about a year ago | (#42760843)

The greatest moment is when Rich and I were working together with Liam in South Africa. The moment Liam realized that his wrist motion powered the device, he exclaimed "It copies me!!". -Ivan Owen & Richard Van As

source here [thingiverse.com]

Awesome (1)

Agares (1890982) | about a year ago | (#42760909)

This is pretty amazing. It's things like this is that make me excited about 3D printers. I wonder what other great stuff people will make with these.

How do you fap with this thing? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42760923)

Liam's gonna have it rough in puberty...

A Public Domain Hand (1)

Greyfox (87712) | about a year ago | (#42760981)

And all anyone can think to do with it is stick it on someone. Let the hand run free! Like Thing! Or that scene from the Evil Dead. THAT would be AWESOME!

Are you sure his name is Liam? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42761281)

Not Freddie, or Edward?!

How long until.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42761379)

I can replace all of my proprietary body parts with open source ones?

Public Domain Penis in 3..2..1.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42762045)

Like everything else that hits the internet it will take only a few minutes before somebody gets the bright idea of incorporating their penis.

Legality? (1)

Mike Frett (2811077) | about a year ago | (#42762715)

This is fantastic of course, but what do actual makers of Artificial hands have to say about this, they own Patents right?. Serious question, what would happen, would it be like the RIAA suing anyone seen with these?.

Re:Legality? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42767153)

These have existed for centuries...

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