New graduation assignments: customized prosthetics

Customized Prosthetics by 3D Printing

Introduction: In this project, students will work on the design and fabrication of low-cost robotic hand. This low-cost robotic prosthetic hand aims to replicate advanced functionality for under US$1,000. The student will focus on using 3D printing techniques (e.g., FDM) to fabricate the well assembled components and how it can be integrated with the sensor and the actuator parts.

One example can be found as the 2nd place of last year’s Make it Wearable competition of Intel:

Please find the document attached for more information.


New graduation assignments: Patient-specific cast

Customized Design and Fabrication of Patient-Specific Cast

Introduction: Patient-specific instrument fabricated by 3D printing has been more and more widely used. In this project, the student is expected to develop a general design and manufacturing framework for the steps of scanning, modeling, optimization and fabrication of patient-specific cast.

Please find the document attached for more information.


New graduation assignments: Assembly-in-Printing

Assembly-in-Printing: Product and Process Design

Introduction: The students are expected to develop new process to automatically design mechatronics products with freeform shape, where the actuators and sensors will be assembled into the products during the fabrication. In this project, additive manufacturing will be adopted to wrap-up plastic materials on top of existing electrical components to realize the customized shape of some consumer products. One example can be found at:

Please find the document attached for more information.


New graduation assignments: Booklization

Booklization: Design and Optimization of Building by Books

Introduction: The student involved in this project is expected to develop new method to automatically convert an input 3D model into a sequence of placing books for fabricating the shape similar to the input model. In this project, the shape optimization technique will be adopted to deform the input model into a shape that is easier to be fabricated by books.

Please find the document attached for more information.


Smart clothing for cooling

This graduation project will focus on the design and testing of a new cooling system for the temperature control of the human body based on the working principle of the human blood circulation and integrating this in a functional smart garment.

For more information: Please find the appendix below or contact Kaspar Jansen (professor of emerging materials)

Graduation project Smart clothing for cooling

Soft Robotics: 3D-printing an orthotic for a partly paralyzed client

One of the goals of the Makerlunch is to help master students find interesting graduation opportunities. Therefore, we will start uploading new graduation opportunities on this weblog. In case you are interested in working on one of these projects, please visit our Makerlunch on Wednesday for more information.

We will kick of with a new graduation opportunity at the TU Delft in collaboration with Sophia Revalidatie in Delft. The goal of the project is to use the 3D-printing of pneumatic ‘soft’ robotics to improve on existing orthoses in terms of weight, effectiveness, customization and freedom of movement. The end goal will be to create a working prototype that is tested with one or more patients at Sophia Revalidatie. For more information about the project, please refer to the document attached below:

Update 18/01/2016

The assignment will now focus on the development of an orthotic that will help a partly paralyzed client to regain some of the grasping functionality of his hand. The combination of a real client, Sophia Revalidatie’s expertise in orthotics and the faculty’s expertise in 3D-printing Soft Robotics can lead to some exciting results!

Graduation Assignment Soft Robotic Orthotics (Update 18-01)