LUNAR helps develop next-gen robotic hand for Sandia National Labs

LUNAR helps develop next-gen robotic hand for Sandia National Labs

LUNAR helps develop next-gen robotic hand for Sandia National Labs
LUNAR client Sandia National Laboratories has announced a next generation robotic hand — dubbed the Sandia Hand — which can achieve dexterity and manipulation close to a human hand at a cost several magnitudes smaller than current technology. It is envisioned that the hand will be used in disarming improvised …

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LUNAR client Sandia National Laboratories has announced a next generation robotic hand — dubbed the Sandia Hand — which can achieve dexterity and manipulation close to a human hand at a cost several magnitudes smaller than current technology. It is envisioned that the hand will be used in disarming improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

LUNAR’s contribution to this exciting project included motor selection, extensive cost of goods analysis and strategic cost reduction, research into skin-simulating materials and design for manufacturing considerations.

The Sandia Hand addresses challenges that have prevented widespread adoption of other robotic hands, such as durability, dexterity, modularity and, especially, cost.

“Current iterations of robotic hands can cost more than $250,000,” said Sandia Senior Manager Philip Heermann. “We need the flexibility and capability of a robotic hand to save human lives, and it needs to be priced for wide distribution to troops.”

Sandia partnered with researchers at Stanford University to develop the hardware and worked with LUNAR to drastically drive down costs. In current commercially available robotic hands, each independently actuated “degree of freedom” costs roughly $10,000, so a similar hand would have a cost near $120,000.

“The Sandia Hand has 12 degrees of freedom, and is estimated to retail for about $800 per degree of freedom — $10,000 total — in low-volume production. This 90 percent cost reduction is really a breakthrough,” said Sandia Principal Investigator Curt Salisbury. “Additionally, because much of the technology resides in the individual finger modules, hands with custom numbers and arrangements of fingers will be quite affordable.”

LUNAR is proud to have been part of a project that will improve the safety of those who serve in armed conflicts around the world.

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