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Robohand Designing 3D-Printed Roboleg Prosthetic

 RoboLegAt2004RTRoboleg uses metal along with the plastic parts, and pneumatic pumps.

Richard Van As and Ivan Owen, co-founders of Pretoria, South Africa-based Robohand, are using robotics to help amputees obtain affordable prosthetics. Van As was inspired to create robotic prothestics after a woodworking accident in 2011 where he lost all his fingers on his right hand.

Their latest creation, Roboleg, is an extension of their earlier works, Robofinger, Roboarm and Robohand.  All three are partially made using a 3D printer, with files and assembly instructions free and downloadable fromThingiverse, MakerBot’s design community. The Roboleg will follow suit, and those with access to a Makerbot 3D printer will be able to create their own.

The upcoming product was announced earlier this week on the Facebook page and is still in a prototype phase.

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