overview

A 3D-printed prosthetic leg engineered to aid those who have undergone transfemoral amputations.

problem

Prosthetics are costly devices that most people in third-world countries cannot afford, preventing them from regaining their mobility.Children and infants need new prosthetics frequently because they are growing rapidly.

solution

NOVAPED is a 3D-printed transfemoral prosthetic that uses a cost-effective rapid manufacturing process to create the majority of the entire solution’s components. This process allows people in third world countries to afford the prosthetic due to its extremely low manufacturing cost, with only a few components unable to be 3D printed. NOVAPED also extends its application to address the issues of younger amputees., and the quick and inexpensive way in which NOVAPED can be manufactured and customized through residual limb scans allows the children to repeatedly receive properly fitted prosthetics.

backend

NOVAPED’s development process started with performing nearly a year of research. The knowledge was translated into action with Computer-Aided Design software. Then, parts were 3D printed and assembled with simple shock absorbing springs to allow the plastic components to last longer on the prosthetic through repeated use. Hangar Prosthetics and Orthotics’ team provided input on the project and design iterations were made. This project won the Florida State and U.S National Championship in engineering design.

overview

A silicone camera lens grip used by photographers to improve the photography experience.

problem

Avid photographers cannot comfortably grip and quickly adjust their camera lenses, and they have to deal with permanent damage like scratches and dings from everyday surface contact. Camera retailers run the risk of damage to their lenses every time their equipment is leased. These organizations, institutions, and businesses invest in the best lenses, expecting members, students, and consumers to use them for years on end, but they end up with scratched and dilapidated equipment much sooner than anticipated. These issues force individuals to constantly repair and replace their lenses, which adds another expense onto the already high cost of photography.

solution

We created this product from the ground up, complete with CAD, material selection, product testing, project launch, and scaled manufacturing. Not only does band.it protect the lens, it also improves user experience and precision while operating a camera. The elastic band enhances the grip and extends the surface of the lens barrel, acting as a cushion for your fingers. It provides a fast track when moving your hand between the zoom and focus collars by breaking the uniform surface of the cylindrical lens barrel.

backend

band.it’s development began with consultation with the inventor and shortly thereafter, the team began to use Solidworks to create the model. 37 design iterations were generated in 90 days with the use of the 3D printer and a customized silicone injection molding process. The patent process soon followed, using the accurate CAD and SLE patents to safeguard the IP of the product. 150 local photographers tested the product and provided feedback, and the platform for sales was generated with and e-commerce store. A Kickstarter campaign was designed in-house, and scaled manufacturing has been lined up for effective introduction into the marketplace.

overview

A conceptual prosthetic arm designed for those who have undergone shoulder disarticulation or forequarter amputation.

problem

Active prosthetics are expensive and inefficient, which prevents many who need these devices to operate effectively from performing daily tasks.

solution

The inclusion of an efficient power system, microcontrollers connected to Bluetooth, and simple pneumatics and servos allows for DEXTERA to more effectively respond to external stimuli and user input, allowing users to have more control over their interactions with their environment. The 3D printed exterior of DEXTERA houses structural components that are both machined and extruded cut the cost and time associated with prosthetic development.

backend

DEXTERA was designed using Computer-Aided Design software to be completely built using CNC manufacturing processes. All of its major components can be 3D-printed, allowing for the prosthetic to be produced for a greatly reduced cost and weight compared to traditional prosthetics. The structural components are modular that allow individuals to “grow” with their prosthetic, and an array of sensors and microprocessors were tested to allow the prosthetic to function at similar levels to comparable prosthetics.

overview

The handidesk is a multifunctional wheelchair accessory that stores and organizes supplies for those who are wheelchair bound.

problem

In the United States, a total of 3.6 million people are confined to a wheelchair for six hours a day, and many of them lack efficient storage in their wheelchair for their supplies. This lack of storage prompted us to develop a device that looks good and effectively holds your belongings.

solution

handidesk is an innovative wheelchair accessory that enhances mobile storage for wheelchair users. With parallel lifting lid, a flip-up stand, and modular storage, the handi desk “stores it best!”

backend

The development of the handi desk started by utilizing Solidworks to design and render the solution. The prototype was created using our 3D printer with 50 micron resolution, and our other fabrication CNC machines for the major components. The production plan and packaging was created in-house and this solution was entered into engineering competitions. It received 1st place in the Manufacturing Prototype event at the 2016 national TSA conference in Nashville, Tennessee.