The application of rapid prototyping for the design and manufacturing of transtibial prosthetic socket

L. H. Hsu, G. F. Huang, C. T. Lu, C. W. Lai, Y. M. Chen, I. C. Yu, H. S. Shih

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Abstract

This study aims to employ the technology of rapid prototyping for the development of a process that is to assist a prosthetist for easily designing and manufacturing a prosthetic socket for specific transtibial amputee. Currently, the production of prosthetic socket still depends on prosthetists' skills and expertise. To improve its tedious process, quality uncertainty, and lack of experienced prosthetists, the benefits of using rapid prototyping (RP) technology together with computer-aided systems will be expecting goals. This article demonstrated the feasibility of producing RP sockets using a fused deposition modeling (FDM) machine, and a prototype system that allows a prosthetist to easily design prosthetic sockets has been developed. This proposed computer-aided engineering process, which is plaster-free method, is expected to replace the manual process of conventional approach of fabricating prosthetic sockets. Furthermore, since thin-layer RP socket is easily broken, coating a resin layer on RP socket to enforce its strength is underway.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Manufacture
Subtitle of host publicationFocusing on New and Emerging Technologies - Selected, peer Reviewed Papers from the 2007 International Conference on Advanced Manufacture
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Pages273-280
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-87849-360-9
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 1
Event2007 SME International Conference on Advanced Manufacture, SME ICAM 2007 - Tainan, Taiwan
Duration: 2008 Nov 262008 Nov 28

Publication series

NameMaterials Science Forum
Volume594
ISSN (Print)0255-5476
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9752

Other

Other2007 SME International Conference on Advanced Manufacture, SME ICAM 2007
CountryTaiwan
CityTainan
Period08-11-2608-11-28

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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