P09023: Air Muscle Artificial Limb Next Generation


Table Of Contents Project Overview
  1. Project Overview
  2. Project Images
  3. Administrative Information
  4. Project Documentation
    1. Planning
    2. Concept Development
    3. Completed Concept Design
    4. Detailed Design
    5. Testing and Refinement
    6. Final Documentation
  5. Weekly Deliverables
  6. Support Documentation
    1. Mechanical Team
    2. Controls Team
    3. Administrative
    4. Co-Op
  7. Team Meetings
  8. References

This project is a second generation air muscle artificial limb. The purpose of the limb is to give surgeons a tool to use in surgery. Surgeons need a remote hand that can mimic the movements of the surgeon's hand in microvascular surgery. The project itself consist of a life size arm and an attached hand. The first generation involved completing the arm with air muscles and the first three fingers. The second generation of this project should accomplish the addition of a pinky and a thumb. It is critical to incorporate all directions of freedom of a human hand. The project may eventually be scaled down for micro surgery, as mentioned, or may also be scaled up for hazardous construction/maintenance applications.

Hand Bones

Hand Bones

Hand Motion

Hand Motion


Project Images

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image:ConceptDesignII_Overall.png image:ConceptDesignII_Hand.png image:ConceptDesignII_Controls.png
image:Hand Assembly.png image:Finger Assembly.png

Administrative Information

Project Name
Air Muscle Artificial Limb Next Generation
Project Number
Project Family
Artificial Organ
Assistive Devices and Bioengineering
Start Term
Fall (2008-01)
End Term
Winter (2008-02)
Faculty Guide
Dr. Lamkin-Kennard (ME)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Ryan Hellems (ME)
Faculty Consultant
Professor John Wellin (ME)
Technical Assistant
Chris Sullivan (ME)
Primary Customer
Dr. Lamkin-Kennard
Customer Contact Information
Email: kaleme@rit.edu
Project Documentation


1 Page Project Summary

Mission Statement

Customer Constraints

Preliminary Risk Assessment

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Grading and Assessment Scheme

Required Resources

MSD I and II Schedule (Requires MS Project)

MSD I and II Schedule (Requires Adobe Reader)

Concept Development

Target Specifications and Metrics

Competitive Benchmarking

Mechanical Concepts

Electromechanical Controls Concepts

Programming Concepts

System Level Concept

Risk Assessment

Completed Concept Design

Preliminary Concept Design Review

Final Specifications

Complete Concept Design

Detailed Design Review

Bill Of Materials (PDF)

Complete System Force Analysis

Formal Test Plan

Testing Plans

Implemented Design

Controls Theory

Controls Implementation

Documents/Nodes for MSD II
  • Complete Mechanical Design
  • Complete Controls Design
  • Complete LabView Code Design
  • Assessment of Design vs Goals
  • Design Risks

Testing and Refinement

Documents/Nodes for MSD II

Final Documentation

Documents/Nodes for MSD II

Weekly Deliverables

Week 01 -- 2008.09.05 (COMPLETE)

Week 02 -- 2008.09.12 (COMPLETE)

Week 03 -- 2008.09.19 (COMPLETE)

Week 04 -- 2008.09.26 (COMPLETE)

Week 05 -- 2008.10.03 (COMPLETE)

Week 06 -- 2008.10.10 (COMPLETE)

Week 07 -- 2008.10.17 (COMPLETE)

Week 08 -- 2008.10.24 (COMPLETE)

Week 09 -- 2008.10.31 (COMPLETE)

Week 10 -- 2008.11.07 (COMPLETE)

Week 11 -- 2008.11.14 (COMPLETE)

Support Documentation

Mechanical Team

Controls Team



Team Meetings

First MSD II Meeting: Dec. 3, 2008 (Wed) 12:00pm

Meeting Notes

Team Availability MSD II


  1. http://www.cs.unc.edu/~kirstin/Comp236/
  2. http://www.scottmurphy.us/art.shtml