British firm Delta Tooling (Horsham) Ltd. has developed an advanced myoelectric prosthetic hand using VISI computer-aided software from Vero Software.
Delta Tooling, in Billinghurst, England, was asked to develop a prosthetic hand to make lives richer for amputees, allowing them to recoup independence and control.
The bebionic3 hand uses new technology to control 14 programmed grips that simulate human movements. It allows amputees to use a computer keyboard, tie shoelaces, chop vegetables and perform myriad tasks most of us take for granted.
The hand comprises a plastic sub-section, aluminum knuckle and a complex thumb bracket that provides opposable motion.
Initially the concept involved an all-plastic molded item that required some machining when removed from the mold tool. The product evolved into full machining to improve quality and consistency.
“Maximising our use of VISI Machining, we developed strategies that not only machined parts from solid billets, but produced them in highly competitive times,” claims Delta director Gary Childs in a news release.
Delta relies on five-axis machining using VISI 20 software. Machining is done by an AgieCharmilles Micron UCP 800 Duro system.Vero is based in Cheltenham, England.
For Vero, tel. 44-1189-226699.