Novus spem, 3D printing of upper limb prosthesis and geolocation mobile application

Joe Llerena-Izquierdo, Melissa Barberan-Vizueta, Jéssica Chela-Criollo

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This paper presents the design and construction of an upper limb prothesis prototype, Novus Spem, created using 3D printing considering the following factors: time needed for elaboration, the use of materials that facilitate the prosthesis manufacturing and durability, functionality for tasks such as grip-ping and holding objects and the incorporation of computational components adapted for a geolocation monitoring experience. The durability of the prosthesis is considered, especially accounting for high-temperature spaces, and the design includes an anti-flammable coating according to established standards. A mobile application is also developed as a complementary part of the prosthesis to improve user safety, using Arduino to identify the prothesis’s location and position at low cost. The investigation also includes the results of the analysis of the following aspects: improved quality of life, functionality, improved physical appearance, emotional wellness, and satisfaction. The mobile application and results can be found in the following website:

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-140
Number of pages14
JournalRISTI - Revista Iberica de Sistemas e Tecnologias de Informacao
Issue numberE33
StatePublished - Aug 2020

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  • 3D prostheses
  • Functional orthosis
  • Mobile applications


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