Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.



  • Work on this object began.



  • You found it!

Prosthetic Hand, Robohand

This is a Prosthetic hand.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from MakerBot Industries as part of Beautiful Users.

It is dated 2013. Its medium is 3d-printed pla, stainless steel parts.

Richard van As, a South African woodworker, lost four fingers in a shop accident in 2011. He used a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to prototype his own prosthesis at low cost. Cables attached to the base structure cause the fingers to curl when the user’s wrist bends, enabling the user to grasp objects. Robohand files are posted on Thingiverse, allowing users to produce their own devices.

It is credited Courtesy of MakerBot Industries.

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 7.6 x 15.2 x 35.6 cm (3 x 6 x 14 in.)

We have 1 video that features Prosthetic Hand, Robohand.

Robohand Demo Video

The Robohand's creator talks about how the device works, plus a testimonial from a Robohand user.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beautiful Users.

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/51689315/ |title=Prosthetic Hand, Robohand |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=1 April 2023 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>