This week’s selection is the fun Exoskeleton Hands by Melbourne-based 3D designer Alex Czech.
This item is a bit of a project, but you’ll end up with a kind of exoskeleton for your hand. The device straps to your fingers and flexes as your fingers move.
It’s not a powered exoskeleton; you won’t gain super strength by wearing the Exoskeleton Hands. But it does look very cool.
There’s quite a few parts required to complete this project. No less than twenty-five parts are in the project, some requiring more than one copy. You’ll also require a number of bolts and nuts to connect them all together correctly.
To make the project more fun, Czech has included a few accessories that can be mounted on the fingers of the Exoskeleton Hands. You can, for example, add some sharp claws, or perhaps some shield-like attachments.
I recommend printing these pieces with a strong material like ABS or ASA, as PLA may break due to brittleness: this item is most likely going to take some abuse, not only from assembly, but from use as you demonstrate your pseudo-strength by pounding on a table or crushing objects with the Exoskeleton Hands.
You can download this project at no charge from CGTrader, which by the way has hit a significant milestone: they now boast having 1.5M members signed up for their comprehensive 3D model repository. They offer paid downloadable 3D models, as well as a large number of free items, one of which is this one. CGTrader also provides a very convenient search filter to ensure you see only 3D printable models in your search results.