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    Default Building a prosthetic golf attachment for an amputee

    I like to play with metal in the garage and my latest project involves using a lathe, mill, and my TIG. My old man lost his arm as a teenager but it hasn't stopped him from taking up various hobbies. His latest, and probably the one he is most crazy about, is golf.

    He already golfs in the Mid-80s, but has always wanted to try a prosthetic attachment for golfing. There are a few companies that make them but the most popular one is $800!! I decided I would use it as a learning opportunity and a chance to play around with my tools.

    I took some 1" CRS rod and turned a few spring caps and welded those together. These caps were tapped with 1/2x20TPI to match the threading on his prosthetic. I then took some 1" ID pipe and placed some tapered slugs in each end which fit the taper on the golf club. The pipe was then fitted with a 1/2x20 TPI lug to attach the the spring.

    Here is the finished project of the initial build. I'm already starting on number two since receiving some feedback. The black coating is Plasti-cote spray.

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    and my Rev 2.0, which is going to use an eccentric cam locking mechanism. I'll be welding this up tonight with some mounts for the CAM and a lug attachment for connectivity to the artificial wrist (aka spring).

    My review on Youtube of the Everlast Powermaster 205
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sih-V...7&feature=plcp
    Just a noob having fun with metal.

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    Nice work! Incorporate a few improvements that you and your Dad came up with, fabricate it out of stainless for that nice high-tech look and start selling them :^) That's one heck of a good golf average for anybody, I play rarely and I'm tickled when I break 100. It will be interesting to see how the device improves your Dad's average. My Dad was a lifetime golfer and used to like to tell the story of a game he once played with some folks. Not sure what point the other golfer was making but he played the game using just one hand. Something about the one hand/arm being the key to the game or something I'd guess, and he beat my Dad.

    When you've got a lathe, mill, saw and a TIG the fabricating world is your oyster. I guess I could toss a Plasma Cutter in there but I still haven't been able to justify one of those to myself.

    Keep us posted on your progress and you're Dad's score...
    Gary

    200 DX, ThemalArc 250, Century 130 MIG
    HF 8x14, HF Mill, Delta drill press and a bunch of power, air and hand tools...

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    Very cool, Simon...its great that you could use your toys and know-how to help your Dad have some more fun.

    Let us know how it works out!
    Everlast PowerTig 200DX
    Everlast PowerPlasma 50
    Old 90 amp flux core wire feed
    HF 90/160 Amp TIG/Stick
    Mini Lathe, Mini Mill, Manual Bender, Ring Roller
    HF 2HP 29 Gallon Belt Drive Compressor
    8" plate shear, homemade 3-4 ton bench punch
    Homemade H-frame press, aluminum casting furnace
    HF 12 speed 3/4hp Drill Press, Clarke 4x6 bandsaw
    Chop saw, 10" disc sander, 10" Mitre saw modified for aluminum
    Makita for the power tools that matter, HF for the ones that dont (or are too expensive)

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