Traditional fabrication techniques of sockets for prosthetic arms requires the physical presence of the patient in the manufacturing location. Additionally, current socket materials are rigid which increases residual stresses and shear forces on the limb’s tissues. This work demonstrates a method for fabricating a socket for a limb involving 3D printing technology that facilitates remote manufacturing, with emphasis on how the use of proper biocompatible materials for the socket increases the level of comfort for amputees. Computed Tomography (CT) scans of the limb of the patient were sent to the designers through online collaboration. A 3D visual model of the stump was created and 3D printed. This model was used to fabricate the prosthetic. The prosthetic socket was sent to the patient via courier. This work opens the path for minimizing patient involvement with the fabrication process of prosthetic sockets, as well as offers the possibility for remote health care in the future.
- Differentiate between traditional fabrication methods of prosthetics and the proposed method in this presentation.
- Explore how this presentation promotes remote healthcare in the near future.