ZENOS, the open-source 3D printed arm prosthesis for cyclists
Industrial designer Chan Lee, based in New York, has developed ‘ZENOS’, the 3D printed arm prosthesis for mountain bike riding and cycling.
The project was developed for amputees who require a prosthesis for sports activities such as mountain biking and cycling. This 3D printed prosthetic is different in the sense that it does not present the same restrictions as traditionally manufactured prosthetics. Also, it is open-source and can therefore be modified and improved by anyone else in the world. A project that aims to reduce the high costs of these medical devices and allow more disabled athletes to fully enjoy their passion.
Mountain biking is one of the activities enjoyed by many, including amputees, and often arm prostheses for this sport are very expensive and require additional equipment to attach them to the handles of the bike: they quickly become inaccessible. 3D technologies have proven their effectiveness more than once when it comes to manufacturing custom-made prostheses that meet the specific needs of each disabled person. Naturally, Chan Lee turned to this production method.
According to the designer, the ZENOS design includes two unique features: a quick release locking system and an easily adjustable elbow shock absorber. With a hook, the locking system allows users to quickly connect the prosthesis to their bike’s handlebars, while the immediate release ensures its easy detachment. An essential feature in terms of cyclist safety. The elbow is equipped with a shock absorber, thus reducing the potential impact on the shoulder. According to the designer, the cyclist can adjust the angle of the elbow to the most ideal and comfortable position with one hand, using a quick release clamp.
The 3D model of the prosthesis is open source, offering the possibility for anyone in the world to download and modify it according to their needs. ZENOS can thus benefit the greatest number of people and offer more thrills to all amputees of the arm who are passionate about cycling!
The ZENOS project is very similar to Paradiddle, this 3D printed prosthesis for all drum players. A connection that shows how 3D technologies can help people with disabilities, athletes and music fans alike! You can find more information about this 3D printed arm prosthesis on the designer’s official website HERE.
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