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Custom Finger Brace (VR Sculpt & 3D Print)

I designed this custom little finger brace/medical jewellery for my partner's joint hypermobility using Oculus Medium.

The brace immobilizes the PIP (middle) joint and prevents hyperextension of the DIP (closest to the fingertip) joint, while allowing for regular flexion (typing, grasping, etc.) We couldn't find any braces that were designed for this specific purpose, so we made our own! I created each version in Oculus Medium, and then used my Formlabs Form 2 for the 3D print. The brace is asymmetrical to allow for clearance around the bone on the outside of the finger. I'm very happy with how the brace turned out, and my partner says it's quite comfortable to wear all day.

Version 3 printed on a Form 2.

Version 3 printed on a Form 2.

Finger splint - sculpted in VR (Oculus Medium)

Fit test with Version 2 of the brace. Photos of each print were taken back into Medium as a reference image - see above video.

Fit test with Version 2 of the brace. Photos of each print were taken back into Medium as a reference image - see above video.

Keyshot render VS 3D print

Keyshot render VS 3D print

My partner painted this V3 beautifully with acrylics, but we found that even with a clear coat, the paint had a hard time holding up to daily wear. The final braces were painted with a hard wearing Krylon Enamel.

My partner painted this V3 beautifully with acrylics, but we found that even with a clear coat, the paint had a hard time holding up to daily wear. The final braces were painted with a hard wearing Krylon Enamel.

Testing different print sizes on my own hand (flexing joint)

Testing different print sizes on my own hand (flexing joint)

Testing different print sizes on my own hand (relaxed joint)

Testing different print sizes on my own hand (relaxed joint)

V3, V2 and V1 of the brace design

V3, V2 and V1 of the brace design