3D printable optimized design for orthotic and prosthetic medical devices

Nowadays, the emergence of additive manufacturing made the high-quality manufacturing of structures with complex geometries feasible. In the field of Biomedical engineering, 3D printing techniques can be used to fabricate prosthetic and orthotic medical devices with high product quality, fast production speed, and minimized specialized manual labor.

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Design and evaluation of 3D printed instruments for eye surgery

Additive manufacturing (AM) techniques continue to evolve pushing the boundaries of what is possible to print. For example, a strong benefit of 3D printing is that complex shapes can be printed in advanced, integrated 3D layouts without the need for assembly. However, one of the main drawbacks of 3D printing is the limited manufacturing accuracy, making it difficult to create tight tolerances in miniature high precision applications.

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Design and additive manufacturing of devices for orthotics and prosthetics

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A presentation by Helda Pahlavani, Faculty of 3mE, Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, Delft University of Technology.

The patient-specific (PS) design of prosthetics and orthotics is a common approach to design various medical devices (e.g., transtibial sockets). Such PS designs are based on the patient’s anatomy obtained from different medical imaging modalities thus allowing for better fixation and improving the patient’s comforts and enabling successful rehabilitation.

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