MYHAND PROSTHETIC SOCKET

PERSONALISED 3D PRINTED PROSTHESIS SOCKET

The project

The aim of the myhand project is to develop a 3D printed palm system that will allow one to perform selected activities. The basis for the design is the assumption that “I use prosthesis whenever I want, it helps me as a tool, but it is my choice whether to use it or not”. The project team is also exploring the possibility of its influence on the possibility of self-realization through unusual myhand functions, giving new possibilities of expression. Myhand customizes the fit to the user’s body thanks to 3D scanning. Most importantly, the myhand project develops in collaboration with users, that participate in the design and evaluation of the prototypes and final solutions.

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Michal Piasecki (Poland)

MICHAL PIASECKI works with designers such as Joris Laarman Lab and Thorsten Franc. He creates custom software that enables the generation of complex geometry. He co-founded tylko.com, which makes personalised furniture available across the EU. He also teaches designers to code. 

Michal studied architecture in Warsaw and then coding with design focus in Barcelona and London. His professional interest is in coding and entrepreneurship. He creates new business models connecting design, local manufacturing and circular economy. 

WE DESIGN FOR PHYSICAL CULTURE (Poland)

Dorota studied design at ASP Poznan and IAAC Barcelona. Her passion for design and sports are the basis for her professional path. She has completed (designed, directed) various projects based on a User-Centred Design method, collaborating with social scientists.  

Dorota will be responsible for the design and ergonomics of the prosthesis socket. She will analyse data from 3D scans, create a 3D model of the socket and in collaboration with Michal Piasecki she will prepare a base for parametric model development. 

FabLab Malaga (Spain)

A digital fabrication laboratory specialising in 3D printing. Its primary goal is to undertake important projects for the local community. Fab Lab has a diverse set of 3D printers, which are an ideal fit for the development of the “myhand” socket. 

Fab Lab Malaga is well established in its local community and is a part of worldwide network of fab labs, which features over 1,000 digital manufacturing centres. Collaboration with Fab Lab Malaga enables other parties involved to tap into a wide network of experts. 

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

Michal Piasecki – parametric designer and entrepreneur – was looking for a way to merge his
previous experience in working with artists, designers, and contemporary technologies with
a social call. When he shared the idea of working on a 3d printed hand prosthesis with
Dorota Kabala – the designer running studio called We design for physical culture, she found
the idea remarkably interesting from designers’ point of view. She also suggested to invite
more people for collaboration, such as sociologist and strategy experts. And that is how the
myhand team was born.
At the beginning of collaboration, the team met a mother of a boy, that loves to cook. One
day he came back home after a cooking workshop. His mother asked – how was it? He was
excited and after a while he said, “it would be useful to have something for separating a
yolk”. While researching the topic of hand prostheses and experiences of people born with
congenital malformations of a hand, the team found that each of them has a different, unique
opinion on prostheses. Each one had in mind some other tool that could be useful from time
to time.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

Initial step of myhand project was to create, design and curate and exhibition on existing
prosthetic solutions, from open-source 3d printed ones to a high end robotic prosthesis. This
enabled the team to produce the very early myhand sketches, ideas and 3d printed
prototypes. This starting stage was completed in collaboration with Monika Brauntsch,
Dorota Cetnarska, Renata Mikołajczyk and Wiesław Bartkowski.
The idea for myhand socket was born as a result of the exhibition.
The team also begun to contact users. It came two ways: through a network of friends as
well as through an association for persons born with malformation of a hand. The team
talked to many people and the general response to the idea was enthusiastic.
Our team conducted an interview with Association “Stowarzyszenie w Naszych Rękach” for
parents and guardians of children born with congenital malformations of a hand. The
director, Ewa Fabisiak, provided the team with very valuable insights as well as plenty of
touching stories.
myhand aims to develop an affordable 3D printed palm system that will allow one to perform
selected activities. The basis for the design is the assumption that “I use prosthesis
whenever I want, it helps me as a tool, but it is my choice whether to use it or not”. The key
to myhand solutions is to adapt to the needs of users through personalization.
The myhand fills the gap between traditional prosthetics and fashion. The core values of
myhand is availability, answering a social need and providing a solution to a problem based
on learning from potential users.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

myhand has researched and responds to users’ needs, even the ones that are not fully
pronounced at the first glance. User centered design is at the core of our approach. The
users are the best experts in the field. We have invited 5 of them to work with us along the entire design process. They were testing, reviewing and suggesting new directions at every
stage of the Worth project (lub “of the design process”).
myhand team developed a prosthetic socket in collaboration with Malwina, Monika, Szymon
and Martyna.
It’s generated automatically. Parametric software receives data from personalised 3d scan
and creates a 3d form ready for printing.
myhand team have also developed a second type of socket with Ewa. Here too we have
implemented a range of tools from parametric design to 3d printing to create a custom
solution for Ewa according to her specific needs.
The development of the prosthetic socket is a crucial step in myhand journey. It was possible
thanks to Worth financing.

THE COLLABORATION:

myhand has researched and responds to users’ needs, even the ones that are not fully
pronounced at the first glance. User centered design is at the core of our approach. The
users are the best experts in the field. We have invited 5 of them to work with us along the entire design process. They were testing, reviewing and suggesting new directions at every
stage of the Worth project (lub “of the design process”).
myhand team developed a prosthetic socket in collaboration with Malwina, Monika, Szymon
and Martyna.
It’s generated automatically. Parametric software receives data from personalised 3d scan
and creates a 3d form ready for printing.
myhand team have also developed a second type of socket with Ewa. Here too we have
implemented a range of tools from parametric design to 3d printing to create a custom
solution for Ewa according to her specific needs.
The development of the prosthetic socket is a crucial step in myhand journey. It was possible
thanks to Worth financing.

THE FUTURE:

The team have developed a prototype of a prosthetic socket. Other elements of the
prosthetic hand remain to be developed. The direction the team is considering is to create a
visual prosthetic, without a spectrum of movement first. As a next step various endings for
particular functions such as working on a computer or practicing yoga may appear.
This further development requires additional funding.

THE MESSAGE:

Each partner brought their unique gifts, experience, and knowledge to the project.
Realising myhand socket would not have been possible without it.

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

eMonsters

eMonsters

Tagenea

Tagenea

Seamless

Seamless

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing – from nothing to everything

NO/thing – from nothing to everything

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Fresko

Fresko

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

Sense of nature

Sense of nature

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Manual bag

Manual bag

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

Sensing Color

Sensing Color

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Soft touch of industrial waste

Soft touch of industrial waste

Time of your Light

Time of your Light

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha Tsugi: Bag Collection

Kombucha Tsugi: Bag Collection

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Step Smart

Step Smart

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Jute Wool

Jute Wool

Tista

Tista

W03_109

W03_109

Velluto

Velluto

New Matters

New Matters

Reminder Bracelet

Reminder Bracelet

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Smartcoat

Smartcoat

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space Between

The Space Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-Lamp

Hi-Lamp

The Hemp Chair

The Hemp Chair

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

NO1R

NO1R

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

Make and Create

Make and Create

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Second Life Bag

Second Life Bag

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair