Open Bionics wins sought after James Dyson award

Open Bionics Founder Joel Gibbard

Open Bionics Founder Joel Gibbard

A Bristol firm has won a prestigious award that celebrates the next generation of design engineers.

Open Bionics won the James Dyson Award thanks to the pioneering work it is doing developing 3D-printed robotic hands for amputees.

The company was founded in April last year and creates affordable 3D printed robotic hands for amputees, scanning and building a custom-fitted socket and hand, in less than two days.

The firm has already won a string of awards.

Sammy Payne, of Open Bionics, comments: “To have our work validated by the incredible engineers at Dyson has been amazing.

“The whole team is thrilled. We’re still prototyping and we hope to start more user-trials very soon.”

Joel Gibbard, founder, comments: “Open Bionics is not just focusing on the functionality of the device; we’re focusing on making 3D printed hands that amputees will enjoy wearing.

“We want them to be fashionable, inspiring for children, and even have a few extra capabilities to one-up the human hand. We’re constantly working with amputees to develop these desirable devices.”

Open Bionics is based at the Technology Business Incubator in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) on the UWE campus.