A 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand with Modular Reconfigurable Fingers

  • Renato Mio
  • Marlene Bustamante
  • Giancarlo Salazar
  • Dante A. EliasEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 71)


Partial hand and transradial amputations are among the most common levels of amputation. In the former case, a mechanical prosthesis is prescribed, while in the latter case either a mechanical or a myoelectric one are used depending on the patient’s preference and access to the technology. While a variety of prostheses designs are aimed to transradial amputees and plenty others are for partial hand amputations, like the 3D-printed open-source concepts that are activated by the user’s wrist, for a faster and more efficient treatment of hand amputations, one design should be adaptive for different levels of amputation without compromising the prosthesis performance. This work describes a powered prosthesis design with modular fingers and space constraints that allow it to be adapted to different levels of amputation. The prosthesis finger lengths could also be customized to user-specific anthropometry and, besides shafts, bolted connections and electronic components, the whole hand can be 3D printed.



This work was supported by the National Council of Science, Technology and Innovation (CONCYTEC), for a Basic and Applied Research Grant, with grant number 160-2015.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Renato Mio
    • 1
  • Marlene Bustamante
    • 1
  • Giancarlo Salazar
    • 1
  • Dante A. Elias
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratory of Biomechanics and Applied RoboticsPontificia Universidad Católica del PeruLimaPeru

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