It’s a fork – no, it’s a toothbrush! Wait – it’s also a pencil?

Students with Cerebral Palsy experience difficulties in activities of daily living (ADL) and learning tasks. This is due to a variety of reasons such as involuntary arm movements or difficulties in grasping objects from lack of muscle coordination. Together with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS), our National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) has successfully designed and produced 3D Printed Personalised Utensil Handles.

The 3D-printed universal handle can be fitted over different utensils and tools to assist CPAS students with their day-to-day activities, and can be customized for different hand sizes quickly and cheaply. More info regards this project, please see here.

3D Printed Personalized Utensil Handles using Ultimaker.
Universal adapter concept for interchangeable with different utensils.

Final prototype tested by CPAS school students.

Token presentation ceremony by CPAS to NAMIC@SUTD.

Key Benefits/Outcomes of this Project:
  • NAMIC@SUTD has successfully designed and printed a universal adapter handle that allows interchanging of different utensils & tools in ADL.
  • 3D printed design can be customized and personalized for different hand sizes with fast lead time and cost benefits.
  • Prototype tested by CPAS students and received very promising and positive feedback. CPAS presented a token of appreciation to SUTD & NAMIC.
  • SUTD filed a Technology Disclosure for the 3D Printed Personalized Utensil Handle.
  • SUTD & CPAS are looking into next phase of development to print and test the personalized 3D printed handle for different ADL.