3D printing makes prosthetics a lot cheaper and more sustainable

hiqhandieProsthetics are expensive — unless you use a 3D printer and smartphones rather than expensive hardware and unique components. That is the idea behind the Handie, a hand prosthetic that takes less than $400 to produce.

Handie is a prosthetic that consists of components created using a 3D printer. This approach not only results in drastic cost reductions, but also offers the possibility to replace all the components. Theoretically, this would mean that the Handie will have a much longer lifetime than a regular prosthetic.

The first version of this prosthetic was already nominated for the James Dyson Award, which is also known in connection with the Sono, a device that can actively mute all exterior noise. After being nominated for the Handie, the creators decided not to rest on their laurels, but further develop their concept. The Handie is now cheaper, offers enhanced functionality and has a beautiful design.

The makers of the Handie have made a conscious decision to focus on affordability rather than a complex feature set. Using only basic features, most wearers can still do a lot of things with the prosthetic, its creators argue.

All fingers can be individually moved using an app, making it possible to pick up objects of every possible shape. The video below explains how the prosthetic works.