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Pre-clinical evaluation of novel socket materials

McLaughlin, Brian and Simpson, David (2008) Pre-clinical evaluation of novel socket materials. In: BAPO Conference 2008, 2008-03-27 - 2008-03-29, De Vere Whites Hotel, Bolton. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The most critical component of any prosthesis is the socket. Each socket is a tailor-made device, designed to fit the unique geometry of the patient's residual limb. It is the socket which determines the comfort and performance of the prosthesis and ultimately whether or not the device will be worn. Creating the unique socket is often the most time consuming and costly aspect of the manufacturing of prostheses. The national centre is currently examining the potential advantages of employing computer aided design (CAD) combined with rapid prototyping technologies for the production of prosthetic sockets. Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) offers the potential to produce usable prosthetic sockets quickly and at a reasonable cost. An FDM machine consists of a build platform housed in a heated chamber. A heated nozzle produces an extrusion of semi-molten plastic materials which is moved under the control of a computer to build a 3-dimensional model of the CAD file. This paper will discuss the results of testing the mechanical properties of a number of novel FDM materials. The mechanical properties of these materials will be compared with fibre reinforced resin and polypropylene materials which are routinely used in the production of prosthetic sockets.

Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID code: 16654
Notes: PV: 16656
Keywords: prosthetists, orthotists, Bioengineering, Other systems of medicine
Subjects: Technology > Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > Bioengineering
Medicine > Other systems of medicine
Department: Faculty of Engineering > National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics
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Depositing user: MR B McLaughlin
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2010 13:30
Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 17:34
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/16654

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