I'm currently in the process of creating a better prosthetic for myself. One of the things that needed drastic improvement was the design of the "socket". My arm is "myoelectric" which means that my socket has electrodes embedded into that receive current and then send signals to the rest of the arm.
The original problem with my socket was that it was made from silicone. Silicone is great for cushion but it stretches out over time (and is a bitch to get made). The stretching meant that the electrodes no longer could consistently make contact with my arm.
Recently, I've come across what I think is a very promising option for a socket: spandex
Spandex/lycra fits my arm perfectly, even when it moves around. Its lightweight and breathable as well, meaning I can wear it for longer periods of time (silicone feels like a rashy swamp after about 4 hours). I made a very rudimentary prototype out of cheap sheer socks and you can see the result in the attached photos.
I stacked 3 on top of each other for more compression and so they would be less likely to tear. I embedded the electrodes by carefully cutting the fabric and then using a tight washer/nut on top to hold the tear in place. The electrodes are shaped very similarly to carriage bolts (round buttons with small threading on the back).
Anyway, so I know virtually nothing about fabrics and prototyping clothing. I'm looking for someone who can help design a more suitable garment that serves the same purpose but doesn't tear as easily, lasts a little longer, and is a little more thought out.
I have 3D scans done of my arm so if you work in CAD, you can design to spec very easily.
I'll also need help finding somewhere to get this made for testing (again I'm clueless here).
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I am willing to pay higher rates for the most experienced freelancers