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Sat 6 Jul 2019

12 New NIOP Devices

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Nate Munro Public Seen by 229

Proposal for NIOP Project Funding

The No-Insurance Optimized Prosthetic (NIOP) system is a set of modular components based on the Kwawu arm by Jaq Buchanan.

This proposal covers twelve separate upper limb prosthetic designs to add to the NIOP modular arm catalog. This includes three different bionic/motorized hands that can all be exchanged with the push of a button, and components that will allow the NIOP system will fit most types of upper limb difference. It also will give e-NABLE an initial design for stroke recovery.

I'm a professional contract CAD Designer by trade, with 27 years of experience. I have worked with quite a few Fortune 500 firms on many major infrastructure projects and taught CAD at Metro State College of Denver. In 2017, I had my right arm amputated. After my experience with exorbitantly overpriced prosthetist-designed prosthetics, I vowed to change the system if I could, at least for myself and Shelby, the namesake of the Shelbow. That’s what brought me to e-NABLE.

As a prolific inventor and now a newly reborn musician, my experience with e-NABLE convinces me that I am uniquely positioned to help e-NABLE make an unprecedented set of contributions to the world of upper-limb prosthetics.

These proposed NIOP devices will more than triple the number of designs in the current NIOP catalog, bringing it to a total of seventeen different modules. These designs, when used in different combinations will be able to address almost every situation for upper limb difference, adapt to parts from professional devices, a simple bionic hand, and also provide the e-NABLE community with the Exo-Glove for people living with MS or are recovering from a stroke.

Milestone 1:

Estimated Completion Date: 7/12/2019
Kwawu NIOP Forearm with Standard ½”-20 Bolt - delivered
NIOP Kwawu Thermoform Remix
Q-C wrist
Exo-Shoulder
Conductor (Humeral)

Milestone 2

Estimated Completion Date: 7/31/2019
Conductor (Radial)
Exo-Glove
NIOP Hook
NIOP compatible Moto-Gripper Hand

Milestone 3

Estimated Completion Date: 10/31/2019
NIOP adapter for YouBionic HandyLite Hand
NIOP Kwawu Bionic Hand
Shelbow Upgrades

Please go here for the full proposal and more info on all the individual devices. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n0YMDV00oQb7h3o6fpyQETaNEkiQdZ44hlnOxDOMWdc/edit#

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about any of these devices or have items on your wish-list that you'd like to see the NIOP design team develop in the future.

Once these devices are complete, I will reassess the community's needs by getting more feedback, and all these designs will be released on the NIOP Wikifactory page as I finish them. Thank you for your interest in the NIOP project!

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Nate Munro started a proposal Sat 6 Jul 2019

12 New NIOP Devices Closed Sat 20 Jul 2019

Proposal for NIOP Project Funding

The No-Insurance Optimized Prosthetic (NIOP) system is a set of modular components based on the Kwawu arm by Jaq Buchanan.

This proposal covers twelve separate upper limb prosthetic designs to add to the NIOP modular arm catalog. This includes three different bionic/motorized hands that can all be exchanged with the push of a button, and components that will allow the NIOP system will fit most types of upper limb difference. It also will give e-NABLE an initial design for stroke recovery.

I'm a professional contract CAD Designer by trade, with 27 years of experience. I have worked with quite a few Fortune 500 firms on many major infrastructure projects and taught CAD at Metro State College of Denver. In 2017, I had my right arm amputated. After my experience with exorbitantly overpriced prosthetist-designed prosthetics, I vowed to change the system if I could, at least for myself and Shelby, the namesake of the Shelbow. That’s what brought me to e-NABLE.

As a prolific inventor and now a newly reborn musician, my experience with e-NABLE convinces me that I am uniquely positioned to help e-NABLE make an unprecedented set of contributions to the world of upper-limb prosthetics.

These proposed NIOP devices will more than triple the number of designs in the current NIOP catalog, bringing it to a total of seventeen different modules. These designs, when used in different combinations will be able to address almost every situation for upper limb difference, adapt to parts from professional devices, a simple bionic hand, and also provide the e-NABLE community with the Exo-Glove for people living with MS or are recovering from a stroke.

Milestone 1:

27 Design Hours (min), Anticipated Cost $340, Estimated Completion Date: 7/12/2019
Kwawu NIOP Forearm with Standard ½”-20 Bolt - delivered
NIOP Kwawu Thermoform Remix
Q-C wrist
Exo-Shoulder
Conductor (Humeral)

Milestone 2

65 Design Hours (min), Anticipated Cost $820, Estimated Completion Date: 7/31/2019
Conductor (Radial)
Exo-Glove
NIOP Hook
NIOP compatible Moto-Gripper Hand

Milestone 3

384 Design Hours (min), Anticipated Cost $4,842, Estimated Completion Date: 10/31/2019
NIOP adapter for YouBionic HandyLite Hand
NIOP Kwawu Bionic Hand
Shelbow Upgrades

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about any of these devices or have items on your wish-list that you'd like to see the NIOP design team develop in the future.

Once these devices are complete, I will reassess the community's needs by getting more feedback, and all these designs will be released on the NIOP Wikifactory page as I finish them. Thank you for your interest in the NIOP project!

Agree - 28
Abstain - 0
Disagree - 0
Block - 0
28 people have voted (18%)
BR

Bob Rieger
Agree
Sat 6 Jul 2019

MB

Michael Bowman
Agree
Sat 6 Jul 2019

C

Capt.VICTORE
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

GC

Gilbert Cameron
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

Good luck. Ambitious targets but very worthwhile if you can achieve them.

AHM

Ahmad Haj Moussa
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

I vote for Mr Nate because he is an incredible man 😍

SD

Sandra Dermisek
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

CL

Chang Liu
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

T

Theo
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

EP

eNable Polska
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

JS

Jon Schull
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

Amazing work!

SM

Skip Meetze
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

BM

Barry Maxwell
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

RB

Rich B
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

LG

Leland Green
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

JS

Jeremy Simon
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

W

Wayne
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

RV

Richard VanderMey
Agree
Sun 7 Jul 2019

JB

Jacquin Buchanan
Agree
Mon 8 Jul 2019

ZM

Zico Maharaj
Agree
Mon 8 Jul 2019

I'm new so I don't know exactly how much weight my opinion carries- but reading your proposal this morning really brightened my day! The work you are doing is truly beautiful! Good luck!

B

Bodo
Agree
Mon 8 Jul 2019

AA

Adam Armfield
Agree
Mon 8 Jul 2019

KB

Ken Bice
Agree
Tue 9 Jul 2019

Happy to be part of this work. A modular system is the right solution that's been a long time coming.
I know it''s not part of your plan, but there's a need as well for a modular hand design, for those with at least part of a palm and perhaps varieties of remaining fingers or parts thereof. I have run into that at least twice recently - once with no solution.

KR

Kyle Reeser
Agree
Fri 12 Jul 2019

P

Patrick
Agree
Fri 12 Jul 2019

Safeguards for milestones, quality over timetable, and approval team would be my only addition. As in, don't rush, but do meet.

DZ

Donna Zimmerman
Agree
Tue 16 Jul 2019

DU

Daniel U
Agree
Thu 18 Jul 2019

PB

Peter Binkley
Agree
Fri 19 Jul 2019

NM

Nate Munro
Agree
Sun 21 Jul 2019

P

Patrick Fri 12 Jul 2019

I approve of $7,000 if milestones are met. Are there safeguards?

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Nate Munro Tue 16 Jul 2019

I've already delivered the Milestone 1 goals, and I'm working with a team in Syria who is actively prototyping the Exo-Shoulder and Humeral Conductor to tighten up the tolerances on the connections where the thermoformed parts match up. Everything is on schedule so far and proceeding nicely.

The main safeguard is that I don't get paid until the devices are delivered for each milestone, just like I do for my professional CAD clients on lump sum bids. My ethics and integrity are maybe my strongest qualities, and they've served me well being in business almost 25 years.

Like I stated in the proposal, I'm committed to this work regardless of the time it takes. So far my estimates have been pretty solid, although I almost always will spend extra time when it's required to make a product great. We'll inevitably be making revisions as the designs are released and the community gets involved, but that's a normal part of the vetting process and we'll address those issues as they come up like I've done with the past NIOP projects.

I hope that settles your concerns. Thanks for the comment.

DZ

Donna Zimmerman Tue 16 Jul 2019

Nate has shared ideas freely and also taken suggestions from experienced e-NABLE volunteers (Eric, Jon, Jack, etc.} To make the best product he can. He also shares the Fusion files and encourages remixes. A trans-humeral device is often requested and this device has great potential to be adapted to the needs of many

RV

Richard VanderMey Tue 16 Jul 2019

Thank You for the invitation... 😊