This Challenge invites you to create an attachment or accessory for a prosthetic arm that will improve the user’s quality of life.
The vision of the VA Innovation Creation Series, is to foster an environment to accelerate development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans. This Innovation Creation Series launched at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center on Friday, May 15th with a curated list of challenge areas facing Veterans.
Designers, engineers, and all other solvers can contribute by submitting initial concept design solutions based on the expressed needs. The VA Innovation Creation Series will then culminate in a “make-a-thon” event at the Richmond VA Medical Center on July 28-29th where the online designs will be built and tested to showcase how they meet the needs of veterans.
Veterans with upper extremity amputations have a host of unique challenges that are difficult to manage with traditional healthcare strategies and resources. Upper limb amputees now account for 22% of all new amputees, and while scientists have greatly improved prosthetic legs during the past decade, improvements to artificial arms have not kept pace.
Given this, we challenge the GrabCAD Community to create an attachment or accessory to a prosthetic arm that will improve the user’s quality of life. It could help them with personal maintenance and grooming, household chores or the ability to participate in their favorite activity. This attachment could serve a single purpose, such as holding a screw driver allowing the user to turn the screw driver easily or it could be used for a more general purpose. Some examples include attachments to help amputees: use hand tools (ie. pliers, a screw driver etc.), take photographs with a camera, drive a car etc.
The attachment will connect to the end of the prosthetic arm via a threaded receptor (see pictures). In order to connect to the prosthetic arm properly, the attachment you design will need to have a threaded screw (see Technical Requirements for details).
The arm also includes a cable (see pictures) that can connect with your attachment and can harness movements elsewhere on the user's body to move your attachment. You may make use of this if you would like.
YOU MUST INCLUDE:
- STEP/IGES version
- Description of the problem solved
YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO INCLUDE:
- Native CAD file in any format.
THE WINNING DESIGNS WILL BE:
- Easy to use
- Suitable for veterans (safe, durable)
- Visually pleasing design
1. One end of the attachment/device needs to have a threaded stud with 1/2-20 Standard thread that is at least 3/4 of an inch long (OR M12-1.15 thread with a length of at least 20mm). This will allow it to screw into an upper extremity prosthetic socket.
ENTERING THE COMPETITION
The Challenge is open to everyone except employees and families of GrabCAD. VA employees can participate, but the prize for an employee is limited to plaque, certificate or other presentation item with little intrinsic value. Multiple entries are welcome. Team entries are welcome.
By entering the Challenge you:
1. Accept the official GrabCAD Challenges Terms & Conditions.
2. Agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges (Jury).
3. Warrant that you are eligible to participate.
4. Warrant that the submission is your original work.
5. Warrant, to the best of your knowledge, your work is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited.
6. Warrant neither the work nor its use infringes the intellectual property rights (whether a patent, utility model, functional design right, aesthetic design right, trademark, copyright or any other intellectual property right) of any other person.
7. Warrant participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.
8. Are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs.
9. Agree the Sponsor and GrabCAD have the right to promote all entries.
If you think an entry may infringe on existing copyrighted materials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBMITTING AN ENTRY
Only entries uploaded to GrabCAD through the "Submit entry" button on this Challenge page will be considered an entry. Only public entries are eligible.
We encourage teams to use GrabCAD Workbench for developing their entries.
Entries are automatically given the tag "innovationseries" when uploading to GrabCAD. Please do not edit or delete this tag. Only entries with valid tag will participate in the Challenge.
By participating in the VA Innovation Creation Series, entrants agree that any designs and intellectual property (e.g. copyrights, patents, trade secrets) created under this project will be freely available as part of the open source network and shared with the greater community to promote innovation in this space.
AWARDING THE WINNERS
The sum of the Awards is the total gross amount of the reward. The awarded participant is solely liable for the payment of all taxes, duties and other similar measures if imposed on the reward pursuant to the legislation of the country of his/her residence, domicile, citizenship, workplace, or any other criterion of similar nature. Only 1 award per person.
All judging decisions are final.
All winners will be contacted by the GrabCAD staff to get their contact information and any other information needed to get the prize to them. Payment of cash awards is made through PayPal. All team awards will be transferred to the member who entered the Challenge.
We will release the finalists before the announcement of the winners to give the Community an opportunity to share their favorites in the comments, discuss concerns, and allow time for any testing or analysis by the Jury. The Jury will take the feedback into consideration when picking the winners.
Winning designs will be chosen based on the Rules and Requirements.
- Entry deadline is June 26, 2015 (11:59pm UTC).
- The winners will be announced by July 28, 2015.
Void where prohibited.
A prize pool of $3,000 cash for TOP 6 places.
The VA Center for Innovation identifies, tests, and evaluates new approaches to efficiently and effectively meet the current and future needs of Veterans and their supporters through innovations rooted in data, design-thinking, and agile development. As part of VA Center for Innovation’s new initiative called the VA Innovator’s Network, our aim is to curate innovation challenges to foster a networked web of innovators internal and external to the VA focused on creating a better experience for our nation’s Veterans and their supporters. These challenges will provide inspiration, guidance, sourcing opportunities, and solutions to specific need areas impacting the VA and our Veterans. In addition, we aim to help fuel development, testing, and deploying of innovations at local level at VA facilities.
These challenges will help build models for public-private sector partnerships between VA and external companies + organizations to propel innovations forward because we are committed to open-sourcing innovations developed through the platforms when appropriate.
For more information, visit the website at www.innovation.va.gov