The Sheffield Arm is an articulated model of the human upper-limb.
It was researched and developed at Sheffield Hallam University.
The aim of the project was to elicit knowledge on appropriate mechanical
articulations that would permit life-like movement of a replica
of the human arm. In addition to adding to knowledge, this project
resulted in several tangible models.
During this research, several international universities were contacted
working on ‘artificial muscle’ materials.
It was considered appropriate to provide some of the Sheffield models
to these laboratories in order to advance the state of the art in
upper-limb prosthetics. One of the arms also went to the NASA Jet
Propulsion Laboratories where it is being used as a test rig for
their ongoing research into artificial muscle materials.