Rapid Manufacturing of Individualized Prosthetic Sockets
Filip Górski 1  
,   Radosław Wichniarek 1  
,   Wiesław Kuczko 1  
,   Magdalena Żukowska 1  
,   Ewa Suszek 1  
 
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Chair of Management and Production Engineering, Poznan University of Technology, Piotrowo 3 Str, 61-138 Poznan, Poland
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Filip Górski   

Chair of Management and Production Engineering, Poznan University of Technology, Piotrowo 3 Str, 61-138 Poznan, Poland
Publication date: 2020-03-01
 
Adv. Sci. Technol. Res. J. 2020; 14(1):42–49
 
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The paper presents experimental process of manufacturing individualized prosthetic sockets out of thermoplastic material, using an additive manufacturing technology of Fused Deposition Modelling. The patient is an adult male with an amputated forearm. His stump was 3D scanned using a low-cost 3D scanner in a semi-automated manner. Then, the anthropometric data was used for creation of a model of a prosthetic socket, which was then manufactured. Three different 3D printers were used, with three different materials (ABS, nylon and PC) and three different sets of process parameters. The paper contains descriptions of the process, its results and opinions by the patient, leading to selection of an optimal process course variant.