Master of Philosophy
School of Chemistry
Hamilton, Charles Alan, Towards a 3D-Printed Hydrogel Prosthetic Hand, Master of Philosophy thesis, School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong, 2017. https://ro.uow.edu.au/theses1/201
Tough and actuating hydrogel materials along with recent advancements in processing techniques, such as 3D-printing, give the field of soft robotics the ability to benefit many different areas. One such area is prosthetics and the creation of a soft prosthetic hand, but very little work exploring the use of hydrogel materials for this specific application as been reported. This thesis works towards the development of a soft 3D-printable prosthetic device made primarily of hydrogel materials in three ways.