Intro to Wearable Robotics

Part 1 - CAD Design of an Exo Arm

IEEE UNSW Student Branch

Luke Wicent Sy

Why wearable robotics?

Military

Why wearable robotics?

Teleoperation

Why wearable robotics?

Pros and Cons

  • Tedius calibration (2-3 session x (10-30 min + >1 hours))
  • For spinal cord injury application, 0.2 m/s vs average walking speed of 1.4 m/s.
  • Bad for the already weak patient. Less exercise = limited range of motion, weakbone health, and prone to pressure injuries.
  • Requires a well-trained caregiver and very prohibitive cost

Project overview

  1. CAD Design of an Exo Arm (link)
  2. Microcontroller Programming to control an Exo Arm (link)
  3. Exo Arm to Computer Interface (link)

Groupings

  • Separate into four groups.
  • The workshop is ideally done individual or by pairs.
    • If stuck, consult your group.
    • If still stuck, consult the workshop assistants!
  • DO IT YOURSELF. DON’T PEAK AT THE SOLUTION.

CAD Design of your own cuffs

https://git.io/Je8mz

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