Capstone Video- First draft


Capstone- 3/29/23

1. Where you went over break
I went to New York, and visited family in Seattle.
2. What is the status of your capstone project today?
It's going well, I did more work over the break and like how it has turned out.
3. How will you prepare for the senior capstone showcase, Wednesday April 26 (see schedule below)?
I am going to make a week-by-week schedule to make sure I am on top of things and don't have to do any last minute changes or edits.
4. How would you like me to list your presentation title (see below)?
3D printing and scanning Prosthetics for amputees in developing Countries.
5. If you want to present a poster at the gallery, what would that include?
I woiuld prefer not to present at the gallery, but Iwould have proof of my research, and show in the chirality/online software in a compare/contrast format to previous technology that has been used for prosthetic making.


Capstone- March 2, 6, 8, 10

over the course of a week I compiled and finished the written presentation, and my formal presentation into a document and a series of slides showcasing my work until this point. presenting on march tenth, and adding the work onto the online websites meant that I was able to use previous research and new findings from thelast two months to prove my theories and analyze the experiments in new ways.


Capstone- Feb, 20, 24, 28

I went to the Wrestling States tournment, The wreslters did great and two of them made it to the second day!
I made progress outside of class with blender and the induvidual print pieces on one file and the connections. It took me a while to make sure induvidual pieces could sit flush to one another while not sticking.


Capstone- 2/9/23

I presented my capstone Feb 9th artifact, demonstrated how this artifact is both valuble to future Prosthetic creation and how withiut it in the past prosthetics have been very hard to build.


Capstone- 2/7/23

We have our Artifact presentations due on the 9th of February, next class so we went over wheat we would be presenting in our randomized groups, and I worked on getting images from my phone and computer since I didn't have the ipad I use for scanning.
I was able to make an eight page slide, and turned it in by the end of the period, but I will be embellishing it over the next few days to make sure I have everything relevent.


Capstone- 2/2/23

I had a killer allergy attack ;D So I was absent!


Capstone- 1/31/23

I worked on the scanner and the edits today, I also got to the past weblogs and did some back dating. I got a lot done, and I am going to be uploading the first draft for my Feb 9th narrative next down below.


Capstone- 1/27/23

I went to a College Visit with Kim, for Bard College. It's a music focussed college with a strong science curriculum. I also did some work on my Feb 9th Statement in anticipation for my Artifact due-date.


Capstone- 1/25/23

I was working on the Scanner, I experimented with different types of options under the LIDAR scanner. I also used the editing tool to create more views and models from a single scan. This worked well and cut down on clutter in the processing stages.


Capstone- 1/23/23

Today I wrote down the requirments I am loosely going to follow for the prosthetic printing, they are recorded below.

File:Scheme human hand bones-en.svg

Metacarpals and carpals are roughly within the palm, all phalanges are the fingers.

Take out distal phalanges from the model, and condense all carpals.

  • Make the palm not square shaped, but instead use a sloping top, and a rounded off bottom.

  • Have the pinky be the lowest down and the skinniest of the fingers.

  • Make the ring and pointer fingers be of even height, and same width.

  • Have the middle finger be the highest positioned up, and the same width as the ring and pointer.

  • The pinky finger should be an entire joint lower than the ring finger.

  • The ring and pointer fingers should be half a joint piece lower than the middle finger

Each similar joint piece should be printed at the same time. The palm part should be first.

The palm and arm connector should be mostly hollow, and provide some kind of hollow hand option if the amputation is at the hand, so the motor can be slimmed down and put into the hollow palm.

The wrist will not be moveable, but will be detachable. Allowing for exchange of different parts.

The wrist will be attached by a tension latch, using a different kind of plastic than the rest of the prosthetic, hopefully.

The forearm part will be hollow, except for the top- this is where the motor will go.

-talk to the nurses about amputations!

Use the hollow forearm to either pack and fit to the client, or to add weights for balance.

Plastics- figure out filaments.


Capstone- 1/17-19/2023


I worked on scanning my classmates arms, and the new app works really well. I'm going to be trying different scans next class and be using them next week. I have a few that are useable, but for now I'm going to be scanning to see if I can get a better arm scan.


What I have done

I have been using WIDAR, an iPad (LIDAR scanning) app, to scan both abiotic and biotic objects. I have verified the apps success and reliability. After a few more scans of one arm, I am going to upload the 3D mesh and model to Blender and focus on making a 3D printable model.

What I plan to do

The printable model shouldn't take very long, but it may taks longer than estimated if something goes wrong with the print. Using Blender I'm going to start building the arm attachment and making sure there is a place for batteries, a motor, and weights. From there I'm going to build up the model in blender, arm attachment up. The fingers will be the hardest I think, but It shouldn't be too complicated.

What I need

I will need to make sure the prosthetic is able to be wired, and ideally make it able to be hooked up to a headset, but that will be later. So for now I need a motor, batteries, and a lot of time to make sure it prints well and the 3D model works.


Capstone- 1/10-12/2023

Day one) In class we reviewed out current capstone status, and then we broke off to do induvidual work. I set up blender the first day, and made some initial mock ups to make sure the program was running correctly, and then got the ipad set up with Dr. Bill's help

Day two) I opened blender and started using a new app on the iPad that hopefully will work better. It made some pretty good initial models, so I think it will work, but the model i was using before the break got deleted so I'm going to be starting with scans again this semester.


Capstone/Finals- 12/14/2022

Capstone Video Script:
Video Link:

  1. Introduction Script

    1. Prosthetics are some of the most expensive parts of medical care, and some of the least accessible due to the technology and credentials required for care. I’m Madeleine Bailey and my Senior Capstone is 3D printing prosthetics, aiming to make these more sustainable, and attainable. While making this project I did a lot of research into the current prosthetics market, and how it is both helpful and unhelpful to amputees, or their families.

  1. Slide one/two

    1. Hi, My name is Madeleine Bailey, and My Senior Capstone Project is 3D printing Prosthetics. I am focusing on the three problems with the current prosthetic market, and hoping to improve upon all three with 3D printing, scanning, and modeling. Attainability, Sustainability, and Affordability.

  1. Attainability

    1. The problem: Expensive prosthetics, most prosthetics, are not available to people below the poverty line. Statistically, people in developing countries have higher amputee rates and lower prosthetic availability.

    2. The Solution: remove the expenses, and the lack of prosthetics. 3D printed prosthetics ship easier, and are easier to make. Using 3D scanning technology a model of an arm is made, and adjusted in accordance with the amputated arm.

  1. Sustainability

    1. Currently, prosthetics are not sustainable, with the average lifespan reaching somewhere between three months and five years. For many, repeated replacement of the individual limb isn’t attainable, especially for people below the poverty line, people without healthcare of any kind, and people in developing countries. 3D printing can shorten prosthetic build time to hours instead of the weeks or months it might take normally. Quick print time and cheaper products mean both less waste and also less of a replacement hassle when a prosthetic inevitably gets damaged. The materials used for printing are easier to transport and also easier to attain, despite not necessarily being better for the environment. The materials used, plastics, wires, and other materials, while not cheap, are far more affordable than carbon fiber or high-tech titanium.

  1. Affordability

    1. Tying back to both sustainability and attainability, Affordability comes full circle and impacts all of the current prosthetic market. Right now company made prosthetics are not affordable to people below the poverty line, not without some kind of luck. Even in countries with consistent healthcare, health insurance rarely covers more than 50% of the fees, and for a prosthetic that can cost, minimum, $5,000, this is unattainable to many.

  1. Who does this affect?

    1. The inability to get a prosthetic might be workable for some, but for people who need support, either for their job, or for their quality of life, this can impact both a single person and their family greatly.

  1. Solutions

    1. 3D printing prosthetics brings the total make time down by several days at the least, and costs somewhere between two to fifteen dollars to print in total depending on the material used and the size of the print. This, costing significantly less than an average prosthetic, means that consumers and buyers of the product will be able to get an initial print very easily, and also a repeat prosthetic if it were to break or become unusable.

  1. Prototype

    1. Using Lidar and 3D scanning software I have been able to create 3D prototype models of people, and isolate different parts of them. Isolating, and then manipulating the scan online with 3D Modeling software like Blender allows me to create mock-ups and printables of prosthetic parts.

    2. My Next steps are going to be printing a working arm, and wiring everything together. I aim to be able to have everything put together by March, giving myself some flexible room to move in case something goes wrong.

Capstone Final Slides:
Capstone Final Video:


ISR/Finals- 12/14/2022

For my ISR Final, I worked on both my Capstone research and did some minor Architecture and building blueprints.
I did some solid research on Bio Mimicry to help edit and influence some designs, and I took inspiration from buildings around me.

Capstone: &

Architecture Slides Link:


Capstone/Weekly Summary- 12/7-9/2022

12/7/2022: I finished my slides and script for my Capstone video. I worked on my introduction script but ended up scrapping it anyways.
12/9/2022: I recorded my Capstone video and edited it that nigh to make sure it was good. I had some wifi problems so I switched to my phone briefly.


ISR/Weekly Summary- 12/7-9/2022

12/7/2022: I worked on studying for my Technicians license exam, and plan on getting it sometime in the next few weeks.
12/9/2022: I worked on my capstone and my Architecture projects, and did some basic design in the app Cedreo. I also studied for some more of my Technicians License exam.


ISR/Weekly Summary- 11/30/22-12/2/22

ISR 11/30: We got to speak with a participant in the NASA mars simulation, it was super cool and I really admire how the subjects were able to go through six-plus months of being in such a small space. I also think that the Q&A we had with him was super fun.

12/2: I was sick this day, but I did get the chance to go over some of my own projects so I had fun with that.


Capstone/Weekly Summary- 11/30/22-12/2/22

Capstone 11/30: We worked on our final proposals went around in a circle to go over our prototypes again, and were given the end-of-semester goals for our video presentation.

Capstone 12/2: As a group, we went over our scripts for our videos and gave each other feedback, I'm in the progress of finishing up my slideshow and my script to match each other, but I am not entirely certain I'm going to keep exactly to my script for my voiceover.


Capstone/Weekly Summary- 11/22/2022

We went around and presented our prototypes, I really liked Lia's demonstration, and loved Ann's play-dough. I think I should have print-outs of the scans on paper and my slide show instead of relying on the iPad, but that's on me.