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Ecuadorian engineers help the disabled with their prosthetics

Alfonso Espinoza (left) shows Jorge Eketturri a 3D-printed upper limb prosthesis. Photo: Enrique Pentes / EL Comercio.

On the slopes of Cerro Santa Ana, in the heart of Guayaquila group of engineers Ecuadorians work quietly in his workshop. among Electronic ComponentsComputers and 3D printers evolve Joint Weapons to help the disabled.

Alfonso Espinoza is an engineer. he is in charge of the project help mePublic Company Development Social Work and Education Initiatives (Slave:) to give opportunities to people who have lost their upper limbs due to accident or disease.

tell that Joint They have an electronic part and a mechanical part. They are lighter than traditional ones, so they don’t require the use of a harness or other additional equipment,

“These prostheses work with electromuscular sensors that go to the skin; we design them here in Guayaquil”, he details. These are the sensors that read the muscle commands and make the movement of the hand that the brain makes. gives orders.

Prosthesis a. can lift kg and half the weight. With some training, the person achieving this is able to hold, write, and even sign things. documents,

Each prosthesis is made to the exact size required by the person who will receive it. Your body is scanned to get a computer and 3D printer to make a model that fits your body perfectly.

cost of production is USD 5 000, that is, a quarter of the same cost on the market. Minimizes the production cost that your printing has 3D technology And for robotics engineers to program them to read muscle sensors.

home made technology

DASE manager George Eketuri told that there is demand Shooting After presenting the plan, which initially stipulated the distribution 20 prostheses in the first phase, He explains that people ask for more prostheses now and they are manufactured for the lower limbs.

that’s why they search private company support And from academia, to have more resources and be able to meet demand.

“Today we don’t have the technology to make similar prostheses for legs, what we have is the technology to be able to print in 3D,” Ekaituri says. Therefore, the need for a strategic partner Project,

a chief Demand This means more work and more joy for the Espinoza-led team. “The joy that enables us to improve the quality of life of people is what motivated us to complete this project from the very beginning,” says the engineer.

help, learn and teach

it’s a project Municipality The city with which he wants to help, learn and teach. It also offers robotics and programming courses for the students of the location CollegeEven for young people who barely had a cell phone a while back.

“This project was born with the intention of combining technology and innovation to be able to meet the demands of citizens, in this case, focus on those who need it most,” says Ekaituri.

Project help me It is not only in charge of making prostheses, another aim is to spread technology among children and youth.

In addition, the Espinoza team learns daily in search of solutions to requests from prosthesis beneficiaries.

This place is for college and university students. welcomes to learn or practice subjects related to roboticTo programming you ali 3D Design.

loss students You can register on the DASE page, there the programs and courses are sent to you.

Plan of execution This includes the residents of Guayaquil so far in the first phase.

has many modules teaching, “First they learn to make dolls with Lego; They are then taught a program where they have controllers, motors and sensors”.

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