The Universal Socket Prosthetic is an open-source project that tackles the challenge of limb differences from a new angle, allowing anyone to create a customized prosthetic system that they can adapt and use over long periods of time. Rather than attempting to design a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ arm, this socket system uses varying custom attachments to accomplish a wide range of tasks. It consists of a mesh, sandwich interface with the residual limb, combined with a hexagonal socket that accepts a corresponding shaft of attachments. Users can resize the mesh to fit different arms, and the attachment system allows for easy development of new components with simple computer-aided design (CAD) skills.
Team DASH consists of four members, Dominic, Akhi, Stephen, and Hunter. We all come from diverse backgrounds, including mechanical, bio, and civil engineering, which has helped us come together to create a product none of us could achieve on our own. Though we come from different disciplines, we share the common interests of human centered design, improving the way users live their lives, and inspiring innovation in other designers. We hope to empower those we help by providing the tools they need to succeed in whatever it is they set out to accomplish, which inspires us with each new design.more
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