Q&A

  1. Where can I find the free download files from Robohand?
    1. Visit http://www.thingiverse.com/robohand/designs
      *       Robohand: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:305160
      *       Roboarm: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:305218
      *       Elbow for Roboarm: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:305299
      *       Wrist for Roboarm: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:305305
      *       Cable Joints for Roboarm: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:305320
      *       Robohand Assembly Manual: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:306866
      *       Molding Manual for Thermoplastic: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:306892

       

  2. What is Orthoplastic and why shouldn’t I use anything else?
    1. Orthoplastic (Thermoplastic) is mold-able, washable and medically approved for this type of use. When orthoplastic is custom molded to the wearer by an experianced Occupational or Hand Therapist the result is the safest most effective use of the Robohand design. Custom molded Orthoplastic also limits the possibility of skin lesions, infection and injury, which adds to client comfort. Orthoplastic can be easily cleaned ensuring the Robohand will be hygienic, comfortable, safe and medically fit for use and long term wear. Robohand highly recommends that an experienced Occupational or Hand Therapist molds the custom hand cap and wrist gauntlet.
  3. I have seen some Robohands without the stainless steel hardware. Why is that?
    1. The Robohand that does not have any stainless steel hardware was developed by Michael Curry from Makerbot and is a click/snap together version. This snap together Robohand was developed for demonstration purposes. This snap together Robohand does not have the same functionality or robustness as Robohand and it is not recommended to use as a functional mechanical device. It was also published as open source, so enthusiasts could take the design and make improvements.
  4. Where can I buy the stainless steel hardware?
    1. You are welcome to source the hardware independently or you can purchase a stainless steel hardware kit, cords and bungies through Robohand. Please refer to the Products and Pricing tab.
  5. Can I make my own Robohand?
    1. Crafty folks have made their own Robohands!
  6. How soon after an injury can I get a Robohand?
    1. Each person is different, however, we recommend that you wait until any wound has healed and swelling has resolved. One should not have any hypersensitivity area’s that would contact the Robohand device. You would be required to have an assessment before becoming a candidate. (see How to Get a Robohand tab)
  7. At what age can I get a Robohand?
    1. Children as young as 2 1/2 have done well with a Robohand, however the hand needs to be large enough for the Robohand to mechanically function.
    2. You are never too old to receive a Robohand.
  8. How do I know if I am a candidate for a Robohand?
    1. You need to have equal to, or great than 30 degree motion in your wrist. As per question 6, any injury must have healed completely; there must be no swelling or hypersensitivity. You would be required to have an assessment before becoming a candidate. (see “How to Get /make a Custom Robohand” tab)
  9. How many fingers must I be missing before I can get a Robohand?
    1. If you are missing the top 2/3′s of a finger, you can be assessed for a Robofinger.
    2. If you are missing more than one finger, you can be assessed for a Robofinger or a Robohand.
    3. If you are missing all your fingers, you can be assesed for a Robohand.
    4. If you are missing fingers, hand and wrist you can be assessed for a Roboarm.
  10. I live far from Robohand USA Clinic, Can I have a Robohand made remotely?  Yes you can! Robohand USA can fabricate a Robohand using an arm cast molded by you and mailed to us here Georgia. A hard cast can be made using a product such as “Precious Impressions” from a craft store. Please know that with the Precious Impressions technique, the person being molded would have to be still for up to 5 minuets. The cast needs to be from tip of hand to the forearm elbow crease. (please see “How to Make a Arm Cast” tab.)
  11. What is a Robofinger/ Tradesman Finger? The Robofinger was designed with the tradesman in mind. It is CNC machined in aluminum to be strong enough for physical work and to increase ability to perform fine motor skills like picking up small objects, coins ect. The Robofinger is attached to the hand using custom molded orthoplast for optimal function, hygiene and safety.