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This Protective Glove from BMW Prevents Finger Strain on Assembly Lines

By: Laura McQuarrie - Published: • References: press.bmwgroup & gizmag
Working on an assembly line often involves a lot of repetitive movement, which is fine for machines, but less so for human parts—this is where BMW's 3D-printed protective glove piece comes in handy. In order to help its factory workers avoid strained joints, BMW invented a glove piece that would assist workers as they fit rubber plugs into drain holes during the process of painting the car. The device works like a second skin, providing enough movement for the thumb to move, without causing strain from over-extension.

In advance of injury, BMW took note of the potential for strain in its assembly area and went to work on developing the glove. Now, the gloves are produced in-house, along with help from the Department of Ergonomics at the Technical University of Munich, which involves 3D scanning each worker's hands for a custom glove. Stats for Strain-Preventing Gloves Trending: This Quarter & Warm
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