In this course, the goal of this project was to co-design a socket prosthesis
for Chris who was born with one arm.
Our team developed a universal socket that enabled Chris to attach his own end effectors custom to his needs and interests. This includes recreational and physiotherapeutic activities
like rock climbing, yoga, and biking.
[ See our team's process in working with Chris and hacking together a socket prosthesis ]
design and development
how to: socket codesign
We interviewed Chris on why other prostheses don't work for him. Then we co-designed with him by exploring off the shelf materials and comfortable clamping depths on his limb.
We built 3 representations of his limb - digital point cloud, casted rubber, and 3D printed plastic. These models helped inform various prototyping methods in building the final socket prototype.
The final socket prototype included a carbon fiber shell with soft rubber lining and terminated with mechanical clasps for an open application interface.