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Acutron Treatment Bed

In fall 2013, the student team was introduced to the practice of acupressure. The motivation to help patients and practitioners has led to design requirements and constraints. Designs, analyses and prototypes have been made, followed by trials that evaluated the performance of several components. Lessons learned include the value of off-the-shelf parts, rapid prototyping and second opinion. In the quarter of fall 2014 and winter 2015, the client, Dr Jocelyn Chi, will be introduced with a fresh design of Acutron device which has a row of four massage finger tips, stronger rolling ball bearings and stronger cylinder carriage, ON/OFF/ON switch controller for X-Y direction and Z direction movement with pressure supply from hydraulic cylinders.

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