Robotic Assistive Device – MIRAApril 21, 2021
The Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) lab was approached by some students in the process of completing their fourth year design project (FYDP) or capstone project. The project, Modular Interactive Robotic Arm (MIRA), was aimed at providing cost-efficient and easily serviceable alternatives to robotic assistive devices. These devices can be used by individuals with limited upper arm functionality, especially those individuals who are also in wheelchairs.
To achieve the target modularity, serviceability, and cost-efficiency, MSAM assisted the students in printing lightweight and strong ABS components. Several design iterations were printed at MSAM, and once the desired performance was achieved the final iteration was printed and assembled. A video of the students explaining the benefits and functionality of their product can be found here.
With their assembled product, the students were selected as finalists for the Esch Pitch Competition. MSAM was happy to be of support to such an innovative project.