Below-elbow prosthesis with Michelangelo

How the Michelangelo works

The Michelangelo prosthetic hand features a highly natural design that’s built on advanced technology.

It will give you more ways to move your hand, and make all sorts of everyday tasks easier and more natural. Imagine being able to grasp and hold objects with greater control—and less effort.

Interested in the Michelangelo Hand? Book an assessment today.

Hand in glove

The AxonSkin prosthetic glove comes in 6 colors. Made out of multiple layers of PVC, the gloves keep out dust and dirt and match natural skin structure down to knuckles and veins.

A translucent glove is also available to highlight Michelangelo’s unique design.

Soft fingertips

Based on nature down to the details; the fingers are made of a combination of soft and hard materials.

Grip the way you need to

The Michelangelo® Hand features complex gripping kinematics—offering more patterns than any other prosthetic hand—and combines incredibly natural appearance with low weight.

Main drive

The main drive is responsible for the gripping movements and grip force. The thumb, index finger and middle finger are actively driven while the ring finger and little finger passively follow the other fingers.

Wrist joint looks—and acts—naturally

The oval hand adapter has a very natural appearance. Flexion and extension are based on the position of a relaxed wrist (‘Flexible’ Mode). Passive inward and outward rotation is also supported. The wrist can be rotated (and locked, at 15 degree increments). It can also be locked in ‘Rigid’ mode at several flexion and extension angles.

Charging the battery is a snap.

The Michelangelo’s charger attaches to the system with the help of an integrated magnet, which helps the components align quickly and easily.

Separately movable thumb

The thumb drive allows for a variety of positions. Rotating the thumb outward creates a flat, open hand for additional movements.

Intimate connection

Self-suspending socket with flexible inner socket and laminated frame provides an intimate fit while maintaining a strong connection to the electrodes used to control the hand.

What you need to know

Advantages for you

The Michelangelo hand: Intelligently simple

Natural movement

The Michelanglelo’s thumb, index and middle fingers are actively driven, while the ring and pinky passively follow the other fingers—and can support objects from below, with different shaped formats.

The fingertips are made of a combination of soft and hard materials to allow real precision when grasping objects.

Thumb’s up!

Michelangelo is the first thumb in the world that can be positioned electronically. While most hands have only a single drive unit to control the gripping action, the Michelangelo has a second thumb drive unit to allow you to position the thumb with myoelectric controls.


The Michelangelo hand, with its flexible wrist and lateral mode (key grip, etc.), allows you to grasp objects without having to take on unnatural positions with your shoulder and back. This helps keep the rest of you healthy, too.

Rest easy

The hand returns to a natural rest position when not being actively used.

Quick change artist

Michelangelo has three position modes, offering seven grip types—including open palm and a powerful key grip.

Open new doors

The oval AxonWrist flexes, extends, and rotates for the most natural acting wrist function available.

Hand in glove

NEW! Now introducing the latest glove option for the Michelangelo Hand, Axon Silicone glove. The Axon Silicone glove offers a more natural look and feel and is available in colors 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Love our Axon SkinNatural PVC glove? Not to worry, it’s is also available, in addition to our visual (translucent) and black gloves.

Now with Active Rotation!

NEW! AxonRotation featuring active AND passive rotation. By combining the hand’s seven different grip patterns and automatic thumb positioning with active rotation, there is now greater functionality for the user. Ideal for both unilateral and especially bilateral users. The AxonRotation is programmed for more intuitive and effective use benefitting the user in many ADLs.

Precision and Versatility: Introducing the AxonHook

For maximum versatility, precision and power, look for the LATEST addition to the AxonBus Family: the AxonHook. The AxonHook is the perfect complement to the Michelangelo Hand. Offering titanium with Polyurethane coated fingers, the AxonHook is precise and powerful, the perfect companion to the Michelangelo Hand – ready for any technical task.

Flexible AxonWrist

The mechanical AxonWrist can be flexed, extended and rotated, but it really stands out in its flexible mode, where it takes on the appearance of a relaxed wrist joint. It helps to prevent unnatural compensating movements while keeping your posture healthy. The wrist can also be rotated and locked at 24 points in 15 degree increments—and can also be locked at various angles of flexion and extension.

Grip patterns

Michelangelo lets you grab hold with seven hand positions!

The Michelangelo has three position modes, offering seven grip types—including open palm—as well as a neutral position and the most natural wrist action available.

Lateral pinch

The thumb moves lateral to the index finger so that the user can grip flat items from the side.

Lateral power grip

Thumb moves sideways to index finger. This allows the user to grasp objects of medium size from the side.

Finger abduction/adduction

The only prosthetic hand in the world to have powered abduction/adduction. Regardless of thumb position, the fingers themselves help you to hold several flat, thin objects, such as credit cards, between the fingers.

Tripod pinch

The thumb, middle finger and index finger form a three-point support - so the user can hold small objects securely.

Opposition power grip

The greater openeing width allows the user to hold objects with a large diameter.

Open palm

In the open palm position, the thumb is at a far-palmer location so the user can hachieve a flat hand position.

Neutral position

Thumb and fingers return to a relaxed, natural position when not actively being used.


The right therapy is essential

The right therapy is critical for success with the Michelangelo Hand and it’s important that you work closely with your therapy team, which may include your prosthetist, a physical or occupational therapist, your doctor—and even your family and friends.

For the best outcome, prosthesis training is divided into three phases that build on each other:

Controls training Therapy aimed and helping you learn how to control the prosthesis.

Repetitive drills Exercises to be repeated until using the hand become second nature.

ADL trainingHow to use the prosthesis to its best advantage for everyday activities.

To find out more about therapy, please visit our Info for upper limb amputees pages.


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