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01.03.2018 | Education & Training | Ausgabe 3/2018

Journal of Medical Systems 3/2018

Design of an Orthopedic Product by Using Additive Manufacturing Technology: The Arm Splint

Journal of Medical Systems > Ausgabe 3/2018
Fernando Blaya, Pilar San Pedro, Julia López Silva, Roberto D’Amato, Enrique Soriano Heras, Juan Antonio Juanes
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The traditional fabrication process of custom-made splints has hardly undergone any progress since the beginning of its use at the end of the eighteenth century. New manufacturing techniques and the new materials can help to modernize this treatment method of fractures. The use of Additive Manufacturing has been proposed in recent years as an alternative process for the manufacture of splints and there has been an increase in public awareness and exploration. For this reason, in this study a splint model printed in 3D, that replaces the deficiencies of the cast maintaining its virtues, has been proposed. The proposed methodology is based on three-dimensional digitalization techniques and 3D modeling with reverse engineering software. The work integrates different scientific disciplines to achieve its main goal: to improve life quality of the patient. In addition, the splint has been designed based on the principles of sustainable development. The design of splint is made of Polycarbonate by technique of Additive Manufacturing with fused deposition manufacturing, and conceived with organic shapes, customizing openings and closing buttons with rubber. In this preliminary study the final result is a prototype of the 3D printed arm splint in a reduced scale by using PLA as material.

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