Man uses 3D Printed Exoskeleton to recover use of injured hand

When Cornelius Quiring was about 3 years old, his dad took him out in the field to pick cotton, together with his uncles. But as they drove over an obstacle on the road, the cotton picker tipped and fell on top of him. Since then, a major nerve in his right shoulder has been severely wounded and prevented natural growth and resulting in physical damage of the right shoulder, arm and hand over the years.

But he took matters into his own hands and decided to fix his arm and hand. He originally called this project “Lilyboys” and his goal was to spend a year on his motorcycle, heading to the tip of South America and back.

One of his original attempts to recover motion in his arm was using a glove like apparatus:

"Bionic Hand" - Glove Apparatus

After initially toying with diverse string movements, he realised this isn’t going anywhere.

And then there were a series of experiments and trials and putting together science, to build the different components his hand project required:

What he ended up with in the end, is a 3D printed exoskeleton, that managed to recover about 85% of his hand motion.

And he’s not done, he’s continually working on the exoskeleton for his hand, upgrading, re-designing and re-printing parts. And he did this all on his own. Props to him for taking this into his own hands. Literally.

You can read more about his medical condition and his “bionic hand” project updates, on Cornelius’s blog.

Original story via CBS. Image credit: Cornelius’s blog.