You gotta Crawl Before You Ball

In the last version of my hand project, I had the exoskeleton to a point where it could fully open and close with my hand.

This time I included a few hooks in the design so that I can add an elastic that pulls back on my finger. It does a good job below the middle joint but in the next version I need to get it to pull the whole finger back and open.

The song in my video — Crawl Before You Ball by Saafir — really explains how I feel this project is going.

View the video on Youtube →

Posted in My hand project on May 20, 2015

Feeling Wavy: A bit of DIY T-Shirt Fashion

I don’t like branded T-shirts. I don’t care to wear a random logo of a company I know nothing about.

Sometimes though I find tees that have great graphics such as the one below. It is of a Mayan King sitting on a throne of Mayan people being gifted large presents by Mayan subjects. Just ridiculous enough for me to dig it.

The shirt was also an XXL and terrible fabric but I purchased it with the intent of turning it into a bit of a DIY fashion project.

The process of making a DIY shirt

I placed the graphic on the front of the shirt but I really liked the large gold letters and thought I could do something interesting with them. I put out a call on social media for suggestions and a friend came back with a great word with the perfect definition.


adj.) To be fly, impressively dressed, attention seeking through the way you’re clothed. To wear nice attire.

A bonus is that the word itself — popularized by Bun B — is rooted in Hip-Hop music.

The final DIY long sleeve T-shirt

Posted in Fashion on April 25, 2015

Embrace yourself.

Turn the volume up

A video posted by Cornelius Quiring (@corneliusquiring) on

Posted in General on March 28, 2015

Vlog: I now have an exoskeleton with full range of motion

I had two goals for this version of the exoskeleton:

  1. Get it to allow for a full range of motion.
  2. Add Velcro so that I do not have to tape it on anymore.

The next step now is to add some of the actual functionality into it.

Posted in My hand project on March 2, 2015

Getting help with my hand project

It’s been a little over a year since I’ve started working on my hand project and up until now it’s simply been a part time effort. It is something I have been working on in my free time after work and on weekends. I’d consider it more of a hobby project but I’ve been persistent and it’s paid off. Through a series of circumstances, my story made its way into the halls of the CBC who picked it up as an interest piece for their evening news.

What this taught me was that if I focus on doing great work, good things will find me.

Because of the exposure my project got on the news I’ve had people reach out to me. One of those was Hargurdeep Singh or Deep for short. Deep is currently studying at Seneca college for mechanical engineering and is heavily involved with many organizations throughout the GTA. He is also involved with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers who just so happens to be running a 3D printing challenge right now. The I AM 3D Challenge is meant to encourage undergraduates to push the limits of what 3D printing can do. Deep along with his team and advisors approached me because they believed in my story and the possibilities this project could have for the competition.

The collaboration begins

This past week Deep and his team came by my place to begin working together. They showed up with several cases of fancy equipment that they set up to get a proper 3D scan of my hand. I had no clue what most of it did which is why I’m glad I now have someone helping me on the technical side while I get to focus on the aesthetics.

They are now printing out a copy of this model and use it to work off of. I am excited to see what they can come up with.

The set-up used to scan my hand

If you look at the laptop screen you will see the scan of my hand.

Posted in My hand project on February 21, 2015

Wasting time, playing around

I have a hard wired need to constantly produce. I feel like if there isn’t an end product, I am not being productive. I think it comes from my father and his father before him. They couldn’t just walk somewhere, they would run. If they needed a tool on the other side of the garage it was a sprint. As a family, all 8 of us once packed in our pickup truck and sped up to Northern Canada for a weekend vacation only to rush back home again. It’s ironic. I know. I’ve noticed this in myself in many ways, my hand project included.

Cornelius Quiring's exoskeleton sketches

I spent a good portion of my time trying to figure out what exactly had happened to my body as a result of the accident. But I also spent most of last year creating random versions. Experiments really. I felt the need to constantly create something rather than have any direction. However, after all of last years experiments, I decided to go down the route of building an exoskeleton upon which to build the functionality.

Cornelius Quiring's exoskeleton sketches

I’ve created two versions up till now and spent all of this week designing the third. It hasn’t taken me all week to create the third version, I’ve been playing around. Putting on the previous exoskeleton and playing around with it. Seeing how it feels when I move my finger. How it fits. What elements can I improve.

Cornelius Quiring's exoskeleton sketches

In the back of my mind I thought I could get a new version done in one night. But looking back at my work this week in my sketchbook, I’m glad I didn’t rush it. I think I’ve come up with a simplified solution that solves problems I’ve had up until now.

Designing my exoskeleton in Google Sketch-up for V3

The final files that’ve been sent of to the printer. Far fewer parts than the previous versions.

Posted in My hand project on February 19, 2015

One look evolved

I find that my style tends to be fairly classically driven. I like items that stand the test of and that are great staples to build upon. However, on top of those base items, I like to layer items of various styles.

I also wanted to experiment with creating a set in front of the white backdrop in my studio. The following three photos are the result.

Cornelius Quiring sitting looking pensive

Cornelius Quiring squatting with the squad.

Cornelius Quiring Winter Style

Posted in Fashion on February 16, 2015

Vlog: an updated exoskeleton for my finger

I’ve completed another version of the 3D printed exoskeleton for my hand project. I took the design of my initial version and improved upon it. I’ve gone from having an about 50% range of motion to now going to about 85%.

I’ve put together another vlog going into a bit more detail about my hand project and what I’ve created to date.

Posted in General on January 22, 2015

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