Raptor Hand


Raptor-HandDeveloped collaboratively by some of e-NABLE’s top designers, the Raptor Hand is designed with ease of printing and assembly in mind. Features include 3D printed snap pins, a modular tensioning system, and compatibility with both velcro and leather palm enclosures. The Raptor Hand is licensed under the Creative Commons-Attribution-Share Alike license.

All files for this design can be found on Thingiverse, HERE or YouMagine, HERE. For detailed instructions on which files to download and print, see below.

You can also use e-NABLE’s web application, the Handomatic, to easily generate the STL files that are pre-scaled to the size you need.

The Raptor Hand is intended to bring together the best and most widely tested ideas from a year of crowd sourced innovation.

The objectives in designing the Raptor Hand were as follows:

  • To simplify fabrication and assembly and repair for makers and recipients alike
  • To provide a platform and reference design for future innovations, incremental and radical
  • To identify a core features set and standardized dimensions embodied in accessible 3D models with progressive licensing terms that will ensure widespread availability and future development.

e-NABLE’s prior “go to” designs included the Cyborg Beast, the Talon hand, the Ody hand and the Talon Beast. To these classics, the Raptor Hand by e-NABLE adds the following features:

  • Easier and quicker printing (no supports required)
  • Easier and quicker assembly (no Chicago Screws required, simplified cord installation)
  • An improved tensioning system (modular design, allowing for easier future development)
  • Improved documentation (coming soon)

All of the parts needed for assembly can be found easily in most areas, but if you prefer to get everything in one place, 3D Universe offers kits with all of the assembly materials needed for producing a Raptor Hand.

To obtain the materials yourself, you’ll need the following:

Part Description Supplier Order URL
Velcro (2″ wide) Amazon http://amzn.com/B006AWFFVQ
Non-flexible cord Powerpro Braided Line 300 -Yard White – 80-Pound Test Amazon http://amzn.com/B000ALJFSM
Flexible cord 1.0mm Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047BIRUS/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Flexible cord 2.0mm Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056EU26M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Tippi Micro Gel Grips (size 3, clear) 3D Universe http://shop3duniverse.com/collections/3d-printable-kits/products/gel-grips
Firm Foam Padding North Cost Medical https://www.ncmedical.com/item_819.html
Tensioner screws (2×5/8in) Lowes http://www.lowes.com/pd_162075-37672-21005_0__?Ntt=hillman+group+21005&UserSearch=hillman+group+21005&productId=4436297&rpp=32
Tensioner screws (4×3/4in) Lowes http://www.lowes.com/pd_455271-37672-80007_0__?Ntt=hillman+group+80007&UserSearch=hillman+group+80007&productId=4411019&rpp=32
Tensioner screws (6×3/4in) Lowes http://www.lowes.com/pd_453983-37672-80018_0__?Ntt=hillman+group+80018&UserSearch=hillman+group+80018&productId=4409159&rpp=32
Tensioner screws (8×3/4in) Lowes http://www.lowes.com/pd_454285-37672-80042_0__?Ntt=hillman+group+80042&UserSearch=hillman+group+80042&productId=4409591&rpp=32
Palm Screw (FH PHL MS Z 4-40X3/8) Lowes http://www.lowes.com/pd_436538-37672-101018_0__?Ntt=hillman+group+101018&UserSearch=hillman+group+101018&productId=4261087&rpp=32
Palm Stop Nut (4-40) Lowes http://www.lowes.com/pd_453787-37672-180126_0__?Ntt=hillman+group+180126&UserSearch=hillman+group+180126&productId=4408889&rpp=32
Palm Screw (FH PHL MS Z 6-32X1/2) Lowes http://www.lowes.com/pd_436973-37672-101033_0__?Ntt=hillman+group+101033&UserSearch=hillman+group+101033&productId=4261485&rpp=32
Palm Stop Nut (6-32) Lowes http://www.lowes.com/pd_453809-37672-180132_0__?Ntt=hillman+group+180132&UserSearch=hillman+group+180132&productId=4408925&rpp=32


The Raptor Hand instruction manual is available here.

Assembly tutorial by Jeremy Simon of 3D Universe:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HVwC3RnWXk]

Printing instructions:

  • Scale all parts as needed (the Raptor Hand is designed to work at scales from 100% through 170%)
    • At 100%, the inside of the palm area measures 55mm
    • Measure across the widest part of the palm, then add 5mm for padding, then divide by 55 to get the scaling factor (for example, if the palm is 65mm wide, then 65 + 5 = 70, and 70 / 55 = 1.27 – so your scaling multiplier would be 1.27 or 127%)
  • Print without supports (palm and gauntlet have some supports built into the model)
  • PLA is recommended for this design
  • Suggested settings are 0.2mm layer height, 35% infill, 2 outlines
  • Refer to file names for part descriptions. The number in square brackets at the end of each file name indicates how many copies of that STL file need to be printed for a complete hand assembly.

Parts reference:

Raptor Hand Parts - Exploded View

Tying Off the Elastics

In recent revisions of the Raptor Hand, the tie-bars for tying off the elastics have been removed. The elastics should now be tied off at the wedge-shaped holes at the rear of the palm, as shown in the following picture:






By accepting any design, plan, component or assembly related to the so called “e-NABLE Hand”, I understand and agree that any such information or material furnished by any individual associated with the design team is furnished as is without representation or warranties of any kind, express or implied, and is intended to be a gift  for the sole purpose of evaluating various design iterations, ideas and modifications. I understand that such improvements are intended to benefit individuals having specific disabilities and are not intended, and shall not be used, for commercial use. I further understand and agree that any individual associated with e-NABLE organization shall not be liable for any injuries or damages resulting from the use of any of the materials related to the e-NABLE hand.