A 3D Printed Novel Solution for Students with Special Needs

Problem Statement

Students with Cerebral Palsy experience difficulties in activities of daily living (ADL) and learning tasks. This is due to a variety of reasons such as involuntary arm movements or difficulties in grasping objects from lack of muscle coordination.

Objective

This project aims to develop a solution for personalized utensils with 3D printing technology to help students with Cerebral Palsy in their activities of daily living (ADL) and learning tasks.

3D Printed Personalized Utensil Handles using Ultimaker. Universal adapter concept for interchangeable with different utensils.
3D Printed Personalized Utensil Handles using Ultimaker. Universal adapter concept for interchangeable with different utensils.

Key Benefits/Outcomes

  • Successfully designed and printed a universal adapter handle that allows interchanging of different utensils & tools in ADL
  • 3D printed design can be customized and personalized for different hand sizes with fast lead time and cost benefits.
  • Prototype tested by CPAS students and received very promising and positive feedback. CPAS presented a token of appreciation to SUTD & NAMIC.
  • SUTD filed a Technology Disclosure for the 3D Printed Personalized Utensil Handle.
  • SUTD & CPAS are looking into next phase of development to print and test the personalized 3D printed handle for different ADL.

Collaborator

Contacts

Mr. Marc Lee marc.lee@ntuitive.sg

Mr. Eric Teh Kheng Chiong eric_teh@sutd.edu.sg