Open Bionics Unveils the Hero Gauntlet: A Revolutionary 3D Printed Prosthetic Transforming Lives of Amputees

Open Bionics, a pioneering UK-based robotics firm, has made a significant breakthrough in the field of prosthetics with the introduction of the Hero Gauntlet, a state-of-the-art 3D printed finger device. This innovative prosthesis was custom-designed for Suleman Chohan, a 50-year-old London resident, who became the first hand amputee to benefit from this technology. Utilizing advanced 3D scanning and additive manufacturing techniques, the Hero Gauntlet is meticulously tailored to fit the unique needs of its users. It is specifically engineered for individuals with congenital and acquired partial hand limb differences, offering them a chance to regain substantial hand functionality. The device operates on a simple yet effective mechanism where finger movements are controlled by the user’s wrist flexing actions, allowing for a natural and intuitive use of the prosthetic fingers.

Suleman Chohan’s journey with the Hero Gauntlet has been transformative. Having lost part of his hand in an industrial accident three decades ago, Chohan had struggled with the limitations of traditional prosthetics, which often lacked the functionality and ease of use that real fingers provide. Before the Hero Gauntlet, he was given a heavy, non-functional dummy latex hand by the NHS, which he found impractical for everyday use. However, the Hero Gauntlet has changed his life dramatically. With this advanced prosthetic, Chohan has regained the ability to perform a wide range of two-handed activities that many take for granted. From effortlessly using his smartphone, engaging in mountain biking adventures, and preparing food in the kitchen, to managing shopping more efficiently and immersing himself in the world of VR gaming, the Hero Gauntlet has enabled Chohan to reclaim a level of independence and enjoyment in his daily life that was previously unattainable. This level of functionality and adaptability in a prosthetic device represents a significant leap forward in the field, offering hope and improved quality of life to many individuals facing similar challenges.

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People with partial amputations can now sign up for the Hero Gauntlet on Open Bionics’ website.

Source: 3D Printing Industry

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