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Out of an interest in 3-D printing in the biomedical field, a research project was undertaken to determine the quality of the “Unlimbited Arm Alfie Edition” prosthetic arm created by Enable the Future. provides open source files necessary to print an elbow-powered prosthetic for individuals in need. The research is designed to print the prosthetic based on Enable’s quality specifications and test its ability to sustain weight in order to access efficiency and quality. As a result of the study, an additional research component was added to deduce why Enable recommended PLA filament over the stronger ABS filament when printing. According to my findings, the arm lifts about 13lbs of weight, is easily customizable or adjustable to specific needs, and is printed in PLA because it is more flexible. Existing problems with the arm are not currently solvable due to the restrictions placed on this prosthetic by Enable’s specifications.


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19 Jul 2022
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  • Subject
    • Computer Science & Information Systems

  • Institution
    • Gainesville

  • Event location
    • Nesbitt 3110

  • Event date
    • 23 March 2018

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Mrs. Jennifer Graff, Dr. J.B. Sharma, and Forrest Ables