Experiments In Bamboo Shaping Prototype, BamBam Prosthetic and Orthotic System, 2012
BamBam is a concept for an accessible adjustable prosthetic system designed for people living in agricultural communities. 80% of all people with amputations live in developing countries, where even used or obsolete prosthetics are expensive and scarce. Richardson experimented with recycled bottles and 3D printing before hitting on bamboo, a material that is strong, light, cheap, and locally grown. An adjustable cuff connects to various tools, including a rake, broom, and shovel. A canvas sleeve reinforced with bamboo ribs secures the prosthetic to the user’s amputation limb.
It is credited
Courtesy of the designer.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 30.5 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm (12 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beautiful Users.