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Welcome to Touch Prosthetics

We are developing customized prosthetic hands that are affordable, durable and easily upgradable.

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Touch Prosthetics is the Leading Innovator in Prosthetic Hands on the African continent. Our Aim is to propel the prosthetics field forward and make the technology more accessible to the general public. Touch Prosthetics’ current project is The Touch Hand. Join the Touch Prosthetics Journey by sponsoring our projects.

Touch Hand

The Base of any Touch Hand is its low cost, highly customisable, upgradable, and modular design of controllable fingers and thumb, which make it look and feel as real as possible. The 3D printing means that the Touch Hand is low-cost and can be printed to suit your unique needs.

Leading the world with African prosthetic innovations

Touch Prosthetics seeks to propel the prosthetics field forward and make the technology more accessible to the general public. This will be achieved by producing low-cost, modular advanced prosthetics with the aid of advanced 3D printing. Touch Hands allows for simple and easy operations using advanced control features. Our modular design will ensure that repairing the touch hand is simple and affordable if it gets damaged.

Touch Prosthetics is a spin-off of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is based in Durban, South Africa.

Our focus

We try to understand your requirements and provide a product which works best for you.


The Touch Hand is Innovatively Designed to provide a quality and realistic experience, at a consumer friendly price!


Each Touch Hand is designed specifically for each amputee and is uniquely suited to their specific needs with different choices in batteries, motors, and other electronic components.


Each Component of the Touch Hand can be upgraded separately, meaning that it is easy and affordable to stay up to date with the latest technology.


Each Component is sold separately, and therefore if a component gets damaged, the amputee only needs to replace the damaged component and not the entire Touch Hand.


While focusing on the more significant aspects of a prosthetic hand, The Touch Hand is being Continuously Optimized to enable a more realistic Experience.

User Experience

We design our prosthetics so that it is as effortless as possible for our users to put on and take of.


The Touch Prosthetics team are officially Registered for Cybathlon 2024!  Watch this space for more info. We are looking for Sponsors for the 2024 Event, please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page if you’d like to become a backer.




Full Behind The Scenes Team Touch Hand

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The Touch Prosthetics Team will be competing Globally at the 2020 Cybathlon Prosthetic Olympics, which was usually hosted in Zurich, Switzerland. Due to restricted travel conditions and participants’ safety, the Cybathlon 2020 will now take place in each country of the different teams.

As the Leading innovator of Prosthetic Technology on the African continent, Touch Prosthetics will be aiming for gold at the 2020 Cybathlon Prosthetic Olympics! The team has a unique opportunity for a company to do marketing and have their branding at this Global Event.

The Touch Hand Team will be hosted at the Stopforth Mechatronics, Robotics and Research Lab, in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Touch Prosthetics will be competing in the Prosthesis Arm Race.

Follow The Event from The Stopforth Robotics Mechatronics and Research Lab

Follow The Event from The Advanced Engineering and Design Group

Venue & Dates

Venue : Stopforth Robotics, Mechatronics and Research Lab, UKZN.

Date : 13 November 2020

Cybathlon Event Time: 17:00 CAT

Prosthesis Arm Race: 18:00 CAT

Our team

We understand your requirement and provide quality works.
Riaan Stopforth

Team Leader

Lungile Dick

Cybathlon 2020 Pilot

Clive Hands

Project Manager

Darren Hauptfleisch

Cybathlon 2020 Pilot

The team consists of: (left to right) Jode Fourie (Mech Eng), Dr William Rall (Mech Eng), Zaahid Imran (Mech Eng), Clive Hands (Mech Eng – Group Manager), Sthuthi Varghese (Mechatronics), Daniel Trask (Mech Eng), Arno Seyfert (Custom Works) & Blessed Tembo (Mech Eng)

The Advanced Engineering Design Group at the Nelson Mandela University is an engagement group that focuses on:

-Design for Lightweighting

-Design for Additive Manufacturing

-Generative Design

-Biomimicry & Conceptual Design

-Industry 4.0 Design Integration

The team participates in cross-disciplinary projects that are student-driven & which involve cross-institutional, industry and private sector participation & collaboration to produce physical & functional outcomes that promote & encourage engineering design utilizing the latest available technology. The AEDG collaborate with industry and institutions in South Africa and abroad.

Thank You to All Our Backers

We really appreciate all the support from our backers, without whom our participation in the Cybathlon 2020 Global Event would not have been possible.