The Aerospace Human Systems Laboratory (AHSL) currently operates a Rostock Max v3 3D printer. The Rostock Max v3 is a Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) type 3D printer. The large print volume of the Max v3 allows AHSL to easily print full-sized hands from the 3dMD scanning system.
Using the 3dMD system, a subject’s hands are first scanned so CAD files can be created. From there, an exact model is printed using PLA filament. The printer is also used for prototyping experimental hardware for other aspects of the lab.