Faculty Advisor

Billiar, Kristen


Current forceps lack ergonomic features and not only cause pain in the surgeon’s wrist but also limit the rotational and overall manipulative ability of the tool adding time to surgery and risk of complications. To improve on the ergonomics of forceps, a novel sleeve was designed which can be placed over current forceps. Using SolidWorks and FEA we were able to modify parameters of length, diameter, and balance and validate the designs using mechanical testing. The resulting sleeve not only improves upon the rotational and manipulative ability of the forceps, but also improves overall comfort in the hand. This device reflects a more efficient movement of the hand and has the potential to decrease the time of surgical procedures and increase precision leading to fewer complications.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014


Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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