Fabrication of Prosthetic Socket by Selective Laser Sintering

dc.creatorRogers, W.E.
dc.creatorCrawford, R.H.
dc.creatorBeaman, J.J.
dc.creatorWalsh, N.E.
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-17T16:44:33Z
dc.date.available2018-04-17T16:44:33Z
dc.date.issued1991
dc.description.abstractSolid freeform fabrication technologies offer exciting possibilities for improving product quality by direct manufacture of products. .One example of such product improvement is the fabrication of artificial limb sockets by selective laser sintering (SLS). Currently these sockets are produced at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio by digitizing the residual limb with a 3D laser scanner, modifying this geometry appropriately using a proprietary CAD system, producing a mold with a computer-controlled milling machine, and vacuum forming the final product. This paper describes a new manufacturing technique whereby the digital socket data from the CAD system provide input to a SLS workstation to produce the final socket directly, without the intermediate step of fabricating a mold pattern. The advantages of this process include integration of the prosthesis attachment fitting and socket as one component and greater control of local socket geometry for superior stress relief characteristics.en_US
dc.description.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2XD0RF4F
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/64331
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartof1991 International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposiumen_US
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.subjectSLS workstationen_US
dc.subjectCAD systemen_US
dc.subjectSLSen_US
dc.titleFabrication of Prosthetic Socket by Selective Laser Sinteringen_US
dc.typeConference paperen_US

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