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Why does a prosthetic have to look like a real limb? Everyday people choose stylish glasses over contact lenses, and prosthetics could be the same.
Prosthetics are staggeringly expensive. Even in the most developed countries, a custom made limb can be unaffordable. I wanted to create a simple tool that could be manufactured but also customizable.
The form is cut from of a sheet of high impact resistant polycarbonate and flat packed to the location where it will be needed.

A cast is taken of the amputee's forearm using standard gauze and plaster. The cast is carefully removed and becomes a mold. The arm shape is heat formed using an oven or heat gun to the mold.

Remove the shape from the mold and the amputee now has a custom fitted tool for very little cost.
The $25 Arm is a functional alternative to a standard hook-handed prosthetic.
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$25 Prosthetic
Comments (4)
  • I like the approach on a simple design and cheep manufacturing. Would work great in a 3rd world nation.. The only thing is the loss of a limb is very tramatic may it be from war, diease, injury and most users won't look at it in the same regards as fashion. not to mention its great for a transradial amputie but not others...just a thought ,Its nice to see a different design approach. ..

    11 years ago

  • fantastic!

    11 years ago

  • i agree! simple great solution!~ good luck ~ ^@

    11 years ago

  • brilliant page ! have you put this for someone who is in need of this?

    11 years ago

  • brilliant page ! have you put this for someone who is in need of this?

    11 years ago

  • i agree! simple great solution!~ good luck ~ ^@

    11 years ago

  • fantastic!

    11 years ago

  • I like the approach on a simple design and cheep manufacturing. Would work great in a 3rd world nation.. The only thing is the loss of a limb is very tramatic may it be from war, diease, injury and most users won't look at it in the same regards as fashion. not to mention its great for a transradial amputie but not others...just a thought ,Its nice to see a different design approach. ..

    11 years ago

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Dana B
Design Principal at LinesDesignworks Bangkok, Thailand