The field of rehabilitation robotics has emerged to address the growing desire to improve therapy modalities after neurological disorders, such as a stroke. For rehabilitation robots to be successful as clinical devices, a number of mechanical design challenges must be addressed, including ergonomic interactions, weight and size minimization, and cost–time optimization. We present additive manufacturing (AM) as a compelling solution to these challenges by demonstrating how the integration of AM into the development process of a hand exoskeleton leads to critical design improvements and substantially reduces prototyping cost and time.
On Integration of Additive Manufacturing During the Design and Development of a Rehabilitation Robot: A Case Study
Contributed by the Design for Manufacturing Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received March 3, 2015; final manuscript received July 16, 2015; published online October 12, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Christopher Williams.
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Madden, K. E., and Deshpande, A. D. (October 12, 2015). "On Integration of Additive Manufacturing During the Design and Development of a Rehabilitation Robot: A Case Study." ASME. J. Mech. Des. November 2015; 137(11): 111417. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4031123
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