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I'm Ben. Founder of Ambionics Limited, former teacher, self taught design engineer, and public speaker. Passionate about innovation, neuroscience and helping the most vulnerable. Now operating as an international small arms dealer. I may run this channel but the kids we help are the real STARS
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Tier 1 is for Ambionics supporters, volunteers and well-wishers wanting keep up to date with our monthly progress. Tier 1 patrons can access all subscriber only updates, posts and family videos. If you are a maker and want to work with our network the this is also the tier for you!

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Tier 3 is full membership. Once the $180 per month goal is achieved, each tier 3 subscriber will be able to take part in live streamed YouTube Q&A sessions with me (Ben) every month. This tier also benefits from features in tiers 1 and 2 as well as exclusive content not available to the lower tiers. Most of all though you will gain access to the Design Engineering Focus group (subject to contract).

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Tier 4 subscribers will receive a shout out in my live streams (unless they prefer to remain anonymous of course). Associates will also have a direct line of communication with Ben (60 mins per month) and access to the Design Engineering Focus group. Once you have benefited from 1:1 support you can revert back to a lower tier if you please or continue as an Associate

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Welcome

  • Learn how to create digital prosthetics and orthotics to help people (and animals) live more engaging lives. Learn computer aided design (CAD), 3D scanning with gaming technology and much more. Help support the research we are doing with Universities around the world.
  • Connect with other subscribers, designers, engineers, clinicians and makers through our exclusive focus groups. Learn how to print in food / engineer grade materials. Feed into collaborative projects to help develop our prototypes.
  • Subscribe today and help us have impact tomorrow. The future is looking pretty awesome!

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Hope you like our new promo video! 'Subscribe today and change someone's life forever' #BeTheChangeYouNeed

https://youtu.be/rOu3t51L0UE

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Heads up to anyone trying limb scanning with an iPad and Structure sensor. It wont be accurate. Here we can see just how inaccurate it can be. The cylinder poking out the top of the arm here is the correct circumference based on a physical measurement. As you can see the circumference of the scanned arm here is approximately 20% larger. The same scanner may give different results on different occasions too.

I know many folk are dismissive of using the XBox 360 Kinect because its cheap and discontinued but you can still buy the Kinect for Business for around £150 and it will produce scans that are accurate to within 1 mm. This is because it uses infra red to accurately measure the distance. It is MUCH more difficult to use than the Structure sensor but if you want good results then use the best equipment for the job. Of course if you can afford it buy the very best scanner you can but at the low end of the market there are only two contenders as far as we are concerned - the Sense scanner and the good old trusty Kinect.

You need a powerful 64 bit Windows 10 PC / Laptop with a powerful graphics card and at least 16GB RAM and a USB 3.0 port.


Hope this is useful


Ben



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This baby boy's reaction to his latest test socket is brilliant. Needs to be a tiny bit tighter but we should have him sorted by tomorrow. So cute though!

Sign up today and let us show you how to bring change to the life of someone you love

Ben & Sol

#prosthetic #intervention #modulardesign #additivemanufacture #simplicity #engineering #paediatrics #occupationalhealth #digitalworkflow #amputee #upperlimbamputee #limbdifferent #adapt #overcome #inspire #subscribestar

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So if you haven't already caught the news that Ambionics has merged with glaze prosthetics then here it is!

The private company (Ambionics International Limited) is closing down and all of the IP and design rights are being transferred to Glaze. HOWEVER the equipment, website and domain and this channel will be transferred to the (currently dormant) non-profit company that I originally set up to help Sol - Ambionics Limited. This channel will now be run as part of a non profit network including Ambionics Ecuador and our Academic partners here in the UK.

The soon-to-launch Design Engineering Focus Group will provide access to 3D files (with the blessing of Glaze Prosthetics) at the All Star tier (3). This enables Ambionics to process a single $25 payment from subscribers who can then remain at tier 3 or move to a different tier. Members will continue to have access to the focus group as long as their subscription continues. The $25 is simply to cover the cost of admin which will be done in the first week of each month. (Proof of identity, address and agreement to Ambionics' terms and conditions is required).

A new scanning video will be produced this month too using the kinect and structure sensors (with iPad and PC). I will aim for the last day of the month but it is going to be a very busy month! Apologies in advance if this is a few days late. The announcement on the glaze Facebook page went of REALLY well. Masses of interest and tonnes of inquiries.

Kate and I are flying out to Poland in May with the boys to meet the team and attend a special event they are planning with the winning contestants. Of course the whole thing will be shared with our subscribers here as a fly on the wall episode. This will be a GREAT few months!

Having the stability and guaranteed income from the merger with Glaze is hugely beneficial to this channel. We have a great agreement with them - they fully support what we are doing here together. Things are looking better than they have ever done before :)

Best Wishes

Ben

https://youtu.be/XJlW0Xw20Dc

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"I am a Chinese mom. My son is at the age of one and two months who was born with a missing left forearm. I got the news when I was six months pregnant. I felt my world crumble at that moment. After the baby was born, I began to search the Internet for all kinds of information about prosthetics, but almost all of prosthetics are suitable for adults, at least 8 years old.

Luckily, I read the news that Ben Ryan made a prosthetic for his son by himself , and set up Ambionics. After the successful contact, I learned more about what Ben had done. Ben is currently helping me design my son's prosthetic arm, which is a big step forward for me. I am also trying to learn the knowledge of 3D modeling and printing. Ben patiently instructed me how to debug the printer and carefully carried out 1:1 courses teaching me how to design a socket. Although I was just beginning to learn 3D printing and my English was not well, he gave me patience and encouragement so that I could see my progress.

Ben's help to me is not only to make artificial limbs for my child, but also to build my confidence and let me see more possibilities of artificial limbs for children in the future. Ben is doing something great, and I'd love to join him. I know the process of building up Ambionics must be fraught with difficulties for Ben, but I believe he will succeed. I cannot express my gratitude to Ben. I wish Ambionics better and better. I also wish Ben and his family health and happiness".

Zi Li NingXia Province, China Ambionics Subscriber

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BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW One to One support sessions available for Ambionics Associates (Tier 4) Limited availability (5 seats remaining for the rest of March) #BeTheChange

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So proud of my boy. Proof of concept has been established for an Ambionics collaboration with Newcastle University. Can't wait to see where this leads. Massive thanks to Dr Matthew Dyson for coming all the way down from Newcastle to test this experimental new platform.
Ladies and Gents you have just witnessed the future of pediatric prosthetics. Today we moved a step closer to changing the world. You saw it here first

Stay tuned for more updates!

Ben & Sol

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Game assist update 2 The 3D printed upper arm strap is looking good. Might make it thicker. The nGen flex bellow contacts the trigger easily under pneumatic pressure from the actuator and the whole B button assembly just clips on and off the Wii remote. Now Harry Potter can cast spells :)

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Due to the extraordinary way that Sol has engaged with my prosthetics he was accepted on to a training programme under the NHS much earlier than usual. Sol is now working with a very good occupational therapist at the Wrexham Limb Centre in the UK

It is my pleasure to announce that he is kicking out a strong, reliable signal from the elbow and the prosthetist is making a socket with an integrated EMG sensor for a voluntary open / involuntary close Ottobock hand. I am thrilled for him. It has taken a lot of patience and dedication to get to this point.

Meanwhile I have been having lots of interesting conversations with Microsoft, Unilever and two UK Universities. I'm trying to pull something very special together that will benefit thousands and thousands of kids and adults around the world. Its very cool. Trust me.

Today's appointment was pivotal because it was the acid test to see if the above was something Ambionics was going to commit to. (Selfishly I am working towards the needs of my boy first and foremost). If it hadnt worked then I would have focused more on the body powered solutions like Game Assist. Whilst I had done EMG tests with Sol last year it was great to have everything confirmed by a clinician.

Many infants like Sol are unable to generate an EMG signal that is strong enough because of muscle atrophy. Kids who wear prosthetics like Sol and Lea (on this channel) develop stronger, arms with better muscle tone so this directly primes them for success with myo-electric devices. I cant wait to share more with you soon. Stay tuned.

Ben

https://youtu.be/qWzvDa3qRWU

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Sol has been ill lately with a tummy bug. He has been off school and not eating very much all week. Consequently his socket began coming loose. A rubber sleeve helped (I will do a quick tips on this soon) but the arm was still loose. This morning I printed a smaller test socket but it was still too large! I now have the right size but I was shocked to see that the new one is 3.2% smaller than the arm I made for him in December. Thank the maker for digital scaling and parametric modelling. Full socket now printing ready for the weekend 😁

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Ambionics is proudly supported by Microsoft https://youtu.be/kcG2bJg2my0

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Young Master Sol, Electronica, Munich, Nov 2018 #Engineering #Technology #STEM #AmbionicBoy

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The Modular Torsion Hand is still being developed. I think I've found a comfortable way to make a harness to operate it. A few more tweaks and I think Sol should be able to start testing it in the field... and on the beach.. and in the mountains... and climbing up trees!

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