This presentation will focus on the techniques and materials used to create specialty orthotics for some of our service members and veterans where standard methods were not completely sufficient. Orthotists and prosthetists can work in collaboration with engineers to digitally design and manufacture orthotic and prosthetic componentry for a service member’s rehabilitation needs. Conventional “gold standard” prosthetic casting can be performed and then combined with digital scanning, 3D digital modeling, 3D printing, and silicone to produce devices of varying complexity. Completed devices are tested for fit and function. These custom orthotic and prosthetic componentry were successfully completed by merging conventional casting, digital scanning, 3D printing and silicone molding. Devices these method have been utilized for include: custom digit orthoses, partial foot orthoses, and upper extremity orthoses. 3D scanning and 3D printing’s flexibility allow for a feasible solution to aid in limited quantity production needs. Although standard silicone molding is common practice, many orthotists and prosthetist do not have access to this manufacturing process for specialty needs. Even though some these components may be relatively simple in design to an engineer, they make a world of difference in the lives of our wounded warriors.
- Understand how the military is using 3D printing in prosthetics and orthotics
- See current advances made in prosthetics and orthotics by combining standard techniques and digital technology
- Understand the methods used to create the devices featured in this presentation