GrabCAD Modular Prosthetic Challenge
GrabCad Modular Prosthetic Challenge:
The Enable Community Foundation is teaming up with GrabCAD to challenge GrabCAD’s large and diverse population of talented engineers to design a modular, low-cost, 3D-printable terminal device that is compatible with the International Committee for the Red Cross’s (ICRC) transradial prosthetics manufacturing guidelines. With the help of these participants, we can continue to break down barriers for those with limb differences.
Why this is so important:
In the US alone, there are nearly 2 million individuals living with limb differences. Globally, there are countless more. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 in 2000 live births each year involve upper-limb reductions. For those with upper limb differences, there is often little diversity in aesthetics or functionality due to the manufacturing and distribution processes that have been historically used for creating low-cost prosthetics and much of what is available is based on designs from the 70s and 80s. A 2012 VA study found that since 1987 the mechanical efficiency of voluntary opening (VO) terminal devices has actually declined and that traditional hooks still outperform more cosmetic hands in both weight, grip strength, and mechanical efficiency.
How to participate:
This challenge is being posted on GrabCAD.com which is a community of over 1.6 million designers and engineers that is open to the public. With $3400 in total prizes, this challenge will begin on April 18, 2016. The deadline for entries to be considered is on May 16, 2016. Finalists will be announced on June 6, 2016 and winners will be announced on June 20, 2016 . To participate in this challenge, go to http://bit.ly/ECF_GrabCAD_challenge_1.