3D printed Roboleg. Source: Robohand
3D printed Roboleg. Source: Robohand

Richard van As lost all of his fingers on his right hand during a woodworking accident in May 2011. He paired up with Ivan Owen of Seattle to develop Robohand, a 3D printed prosthetic that is more affordable than traditionally-made prosthetics. Robohand has already helped hundreds of people to get the prosthetic they need.

In January and November 2013, the pair also launched Robofinger and Roboarm. Now they’re working on Roboleg to help those in need of affordable leg prosthetics. Robohand has released a preview photo of their first Roboleg prototype and the first production model, Roboleg Version 1.

Roboleg is comprised of 3D printed parts, metal pipes, and pneumatic pumps in a simple, functional design. The 3D design and instruction manual for the Robohand is available as a free download on Thingiverse. Roboleg will also be available for free once the designs are complete.