Tips and Tricks: The Finer Points of Hand Assembly

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Peregrine Hawthorn
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Tips and Tricks: The Finer Points of Hand Assembly

Postby Peregrine Hawthorn » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:29 am

Hello, e-Nablers!

What's the least frustrating way to string a hand? How do you make your parts strong? What cool things did you do to make a hand extra special for a recipient?

This is a topic to address the finer points of making hands. I'll be updating this post to include things people down below say for easy reference.

- For ABS, an acetone vapor bath can drastically improve the look and durability of any part. Tutorial here: ... one-vapor/

- Elastic does not need to snap the fingers back all the way. They just need to open the fingers when the wrist moves to open (momentum is your friend). Elastic that is too tight can make hands difficult or impossible to use, and can contribute to braided cables sawing through the fingers.

- Round off sharp corners on Velcro. It doesn't sound like much, but it can make a big difference in comfort.
Heavy duty hand user, and co-designer of the Talon.

I break hands and then tell you how I did it.

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